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Haqqanis among 15 Taliban killed in airstrikes

Haqqanis among 15 Taliban killed in airstrikes

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Jul 01, 2017 - 21:49

TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): Fifteen militants, including five Haqqani networkinfo-icon members, have been killed in airstrikes in Uruzgan and Paktika provinces, officials said on Saturday.

In southeastern Paktika province, a commander was among five Haqqani network insurgents killed in a drone strike by the Afghan forces in Margha locality of Barmal district last night.

A large amount of ammunition belonging to the Haqqanis was destroyed in the blitz, said battalion commander of the 203 Thunder Military Corps, Mohammad Ayub.

A government official in Barmal district confirmed the drone attack that he said targeted members of the dreaded Haqqani network. He said the slain rebels were loyal to Commander Saifullah.

Elsewhere, ten militants were killed as a result of an airstrike in Tirinkot, the capital of central Uruzgan province, police official Malik Zaren told Pajhwok Afghan News.

He said the airstrike hit a Talibaninfo-icon convoy in Mehrabad locality, killing 10 fighters including a commander and injuring five others.

He didn’t mention who carried out the airstrike. He said the Taliban had been planning to attack Afhgan forces’ checkpoints but their convoy was destroyed in the airstrike.

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