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17 Taliban killed in Ghazni

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AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: At least 17 Taliban insurgents, including two notorious commanders, were killed in separate clashes with security forces in southern Ghazni province, an official said on Saturday.

Police Chief Brig. Gen. Aminullah Amarkhel told Pajhwok Afghan News that a clearing operation was launched few days back in Mangur, Shalez, Arozo and Qarabagh areas.

“17 Taliban insurgents, including two commanders, Mullah Abdul Bashir and Mullah Khalid, have been killed and 14 others wounded,” he said, adding that two militant’s vehicles were destroyed by airstrike during the operation.

He further called on Ghazni residents to cooperate with the security personnel in stability of security in the province.

“Vehicles were destroyed by airstrikes and security forces recaptured Mangur area from the Taliban insurgents,” the source quoted, Jamshed, the resident of locality, as saying.

The group’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed clash in Ghazni province that killed Commander Abdul Bashir along with his two colleagues and said Mullah Khalid was an ordinary commander.