KABUL: At least 22 Taliban rebels and four al-Qaeda terrorists were killed in an airstrike launched by the Afghan security forces in various parts of southern Helmand province, ministry of defense said on Saturday.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Defense, Fawad Aman said that 15 Taliban prisoners including four al-Qaeda members were killed in the airstrike in Nawa district of the province.
The strike was conducted at a time while the militants were planting a bomb, he said. Three Taliban fighters received injuries in the attack.
The security forces carried out another four airstrikes in the province, killing 11 Taliban and wounding three others. However he didn’t provide further details about the location of these strikes.
The Taliban group is yet to comment about the attacks.
The US-Taliban peace deal signed on February 29th, stipulates the Taliban to cut ties with the al-Qaeda terrorist network who masterminded the 9/11 attacks in the US that left over 2,500 people killed and scores of others wounded.
However, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and some officials in the Pentagon reported that the group didn’t cut its links with al-Qaeda, the insurgents have remained on their stance and denied the reports.
Earlier, the National Directorate of Security detained a senior member of al-Qaeda leadership for Indian subcontinent branch.
The NDS in a statement said that two Pakistani national women were also detained in the operations in that time. The NDS named the leader as Mohammad Haneef known as Abdullah.
Previous to that, the intelligence operatives killed a senior commander of al-Qaeda for Indian subcontinent in the central province of Ghazni.