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21 Taliban militants killed in Baghlan

AT-KABUL: The Taliban insurgents received huge casualties by the Afghan National Army in the past 24 hours in northern Baghlan province, security official said on Saturday.

In a statement issued here, the 209th Shaheen Corps of the army said that in an operation carried in Dand-e-Ghori district, 21 Taliban insurgents were killed and 20 others were received injuries.

The army was also supported by the Afghan Air Force during their operation.

Two key Taliban commanders identified as Qari Bakhtiar and Mullah Sahwali were among wounded people, the statement added.

At least 10 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were defused during operation, the statement furthered.

The Taliban group has not commented on the matter yet.

Security situation in Baghlan is getting worse on daily basis due to presence of large number of militants there.

Earlier, the Afghan security forces rescued more than 100 policemen and Afghan Local Police from the Taliban siege in the Baghlan-i-Markazi district of the same province.

Provincial officials on that time said that the rescued soldiers had been in the Taliban siege from the past 15 days in Alawuddin and Mangalhai localities of the district.

The Taliban insurgents blew up Ab Qol Bridge and closed all roads leading to the area where the Afghan forces were under siege. The trapped security forces rescued at a time when they were about to be captured by the insurgents along with their weapons.


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