Published On: Sun, Apr 8th, 2018

Eight terrorists killed, 2 Taliban hideouts destroyed in Afghanistan

Kabul: At least eight terrorists have been killed and two Taliban hideouts destroyed by Afghan Army in the country’s Badakhshan province, officials said on Saturday.

Violence has escalated in Afghanistan’s northern region over the past few years

“Afghan National Army Air Force A-29 military planes on Friday afternoon struck two Taliban hideouts in Wardoj district. The initial information found eight militants lost their lives after the sorties,” Army spokesman Hanif Rezai was quoted as saying.

A hijacked armoured military carrier, a heavy gun and three bunkers along with weapons and ammunition were also destroyed, he said. No civilian was injured during the operation.

Violence has escalated in Afghanistan’s northern region over the past few years as Afghan security forces push against the terrorists in the south and the east.

Earlier, in an Afghan airstrike on a madarsa in a Taliban stronghold in Dasht-e-Archi district of Kunduz province several casualties, including civilians was reported.

According to reports, top Taliban commanders had gathered inside the madrassa where a graduation ceremony was underway at the time of the strike on April 2 in the northeastern province of Kunduz.

At the time of attack in which several casualties had occurred, top Taliban commanders were planning for the next spring operations in the troubled nation.

Sources said that there were three airstrikes which “destroyed” the madarsa building that was reportedly situated inside a mosque complex.

A defense ministry spokesman confirmed an airstrike in Dasht-e-Archi district but described the location as a kind of Taliban “training center,” and denied civilians were among the casualties.

He said that twenty taliban, including the commander of their Red Unit in the district, and also a key member of the Quetta Shura were killed.

It may be mentiond here that the Quetta Shura is the group’s leadership council and the Red Unit or Red Division is a new elite fighting unit.

According to a TOLO news report, the Red Division has emerged in Kunduz in the past few months and specialises in night attacks. The well-equipped unit is based in the area bordering Afghanistan and Tajikistan and has some foreign fighters.

Provincial police said Quetta Shura official Mullah Beryani was in the school at the time of the strike, TOLO news reported.

A senior local official said “around 150” people had been killed and wounded in the airstrike.

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