An Afghan military spokesman on Saturday claimed 86 militants, including 32 Pakistanis, had been killed and dozens injured during a weeklong offensive in the Gilan district of southern Ghazni province.
Nazifullah Sultani, the Afghan National Army’s 203rd Thunder Military Corps spokesman in the region, told Pajhwok Afghan News security forces had regained control of Purdil, Janan and Spin Ghondai areas.
The offensive had been a success as many areas had been cleared of militants, the Gilan district chief, Mahboobullah Sabawoon, said. He added nearly 200 families displaced by clashes had started returning to their homes.
Meanwhile, residents of the villages said they were satisfied with the operation. They said the situation had improved after militants were driven away from their strongholds in the area.
A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed hundreds of security personnel were killed and their dozens of military vehicles destroyed. He confirmed the death of only 10 fighters.