Wednesday, April 18, 2012

23 militants killed in security operations

PUL-I-ALAM (PAN): Nearly two dozen fighters were killed during combat operations by Afghan and foreign troops in Logar, Nangarhar and Zabul provinces, said officials on Wednesday.

Four militants and six Afghan soldiers were also wounded, while 15 suspects were detained in the operations.

Col. Ahmad Jan Mukhlis, a spokesman for the 203 Thunder Military Corps, said the offensive was conducted in Azra and Charkh districts of Logar by Afghan police, intelligence operatives and soldiers.

The security personnel seized10 rocket launchers, six machine guns, 13 Kalashnikovs, bullets of machine guns and 22 hand grenades, he said.

The governor's spokesman, Din Mohammad Darweesh, confirmed the operation, in which six Afghan soldiers were wounded. He said last night insurgents attacked a convoy of foreign soldiers on the Kabul-Paktia highway and torched a truck.

In eastern Nangarhar province, 10 militants were killed and four others wounded in another joint operation by Afghans and foreign soldiers, said the governor's spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdulzai. The offensive was carried out in the Malala Ghundai area of Sherzad district.

Two top commanders, Saifullah and Bilal, who were planning to attack the poppy eradication campaign by counternarcotics forces, were killed, while another commander Mullah Niazullah was wounded.

In southern Zabul, officials said that eight Taliban fighters were arrested during a NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Afghan troops operations in Shahr-i-Safa district of the province.

District chief, Shadi Khan, also confirmed the arrest of insurgents in Qari Kariz area of the district.
However, Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, said the joint force had arrested ordinary people.

from Pajhwok

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