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38 rebels slain in Tirinkot operation: police

38 rebels slain in Tirinkot operation: police

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Apr 26, 2017 - 19:47

TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): At least 38 Talibaninfo-icon insurgents have been killed and 12 police wounded during an ongoing operation in the capital of central Uruzgan province, officials said on Wednesday.

Uruzgan police chief Brig. Gen. Ghulam Farooq Sangari told Pajhwok Afghan News the joint operation was launched yesterday for capturing Kotwal area of Tirinkot, the provincial capital. The offensive is still underway.

He said about 38 insurgents, including five commanders, had been so killed far during the offensive and 18 others wounded.

Sangari identified the slain commanders as Maulviinfo-icon Hakimullah, Maulvi Farid, Maulvi Abdullah, Maulvi Abdul Rahim and Shafiullah.

Security forces also captured many homes from Taliban during the operation that left three soldiers injured.

Afghan National Army (ANA)’s 4th Infantry Battalion spokesman in Uruzgan, Wahidullah Fazli, said a large number of light and heavy weapons and six motorbikes were also seized from the Taliban.

He said foreign forces provided air support to the Afghan forces throughout the operation.

Meanwhile, an official at the Emergency-run hospital in Tirinkot, said they had been delivered 12 injured policemen from the scene.

However, the Taliban in a statement denied their fighters had suffered casualties in the operation as untrue and claimed government forces were inflicted casualties.

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