Thu, Oct

Helmand Airstrike Kills 4 Taliban Commanders


Swat-helicopterFour Taliban commanders were killed in an airstrike in Marjah district of southern Helmand province on Sunday morning.

Local officials in Helmand said that heavy casualties have been inflicted on the Taliban through the Khanjar 13 operation

Security officials meanwhile said that 25 to 30 Afghan troops were released from Taliban captivity during the operation.

Omar Zwak, spokesman for the Helmand governor's office, said that at least 24 Taliban militants were killed in recent fighting.

"Khanjar 13 military operation is continuing successfully and Afghan forces have moved forward nearly 15 kilometers in the northern and southern parts," said Omar Zwak.

He said that Afghan forces have managed to recapture a large number of villages from the Taliban.

"Heavy casualties have been inflicted on the militants. At least 24 militants have been killed. Four commanders of the insurgents were also killed in an air strike by Afghan forces this morning (Sunday). Among the commanders killed is the Taliban's former [shadow] district chief for Marjah," he added.

Police in Helmand said that 25 militants, including two military commanders, were killed in two days of fighting in Marjah district.

Security forces also recovered a number of weapons and explosive materials during the operation.