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32 Taliban killed, scores wounded in Helmand battles

32 Taliban killed, scores wounded in Helmand battles

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Mar 11, 2017 - 19:44

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Thirty-two Talibaninfo-icon militants have been killed and scores of others wounded during separate lashes with security forces in southern Helmand province, the military said on Saturday.

Lt. Col. Mohammad Rasool Zazai, 215th Maiwand Military Corps spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News that operations were ongoing in Bolan area on the outskirts of Lashkargah, the provincial capital, and in Nad Ali district.

He said air forces were also taking part in the operations which had so far resulted in the killing of 22 Taliban militants. Another five rebels were wounded in ground and air attacks.  

Another 10 Taliban were killed separately in Garamsir and Gareshk districts in ground and air attacks by security forces.

Garamsir administrative chief Ayoub Omar Omari told Pajhwok Afghan News that foreign forces carried out airstrikes in Garamsir district yesterday.

He said 12 Taliban including a notorious commander were killed in the airstrikes and their weapons and vehicles were destroyed.

Nad Ali district council member Haji Kula Khan said hundreds of families along the Nad Ali-Lashkargah highway had been displaced due the clashes between security forces and insurgents.

Meanwhile, Taliban’s spokesperson Qari Yousuf Ahmadi tweeted that 17 security personnel were killed and wounded in Bolan area of Lashkargah and Nad Ali district on Friday.

The Taliban are in control of 13 districts of Helmand, making the province the most insecure.

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