Afghan army pounds Taliban hideouts killing 51 in Kunar

04:42 PM | 4 Aug, 2018
Afghan army pounds Taliban hideouts killing 51 in Kunar
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KABUL - At least 51 Taliban insurgents were killed and six were injured during an ongoing operation by Afghan forces in eastern Kunar province.

The sixth phase of Qahr Silab-2 operation kicked off on Friday night and is currently being conducted with the help of the artillery and close air support, a statement by the Silab Corps said.

The statement elaborated that 51 Taliban militants including three of their key leaders were killed and at least six others sustained critical injuries.

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Senior Taliban leaders who were killed during the operation have been identified as Sultan Mohammad, the shadow district military chief of the group for Asmar, Mawlavi Hazrat Ali, the group’s shadow district chief for Asmar, and the group’s shadow district chief for Ghaziabad, Mawlavi Imran Ghazi.

A DShK heavy machine gun, a 75mm rocket launcher, and some of the hideouts of the militants were also destroyed during the operations, the statement added.

Earlier, at least 25 people were killed and dozens more wounded after two suicide bombers attacked a Shia mosque in eastern Afghanistan.

The attackers armed with rifles entered the Khawaja Hassan mosque, in Gardez city, Paktia province, during Friday prayers, started shooting at worshippers and then blew themselves up, Sardar Wali Tabasum, provincial police chief spokesman, said.