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15 militants eliminated in Helmand, Nangarhar operations

15 militants eliminated in Helmand, Nangarhar operations

Dec 31, 2017 - 13:58

LASHKARGHA (Pajhwok): At least 15 Taliban and Daesh (Islamic State) militants have been killed during operations in southern Helmand and eastern Nangarhar provinces, officials said on Sunday.

Helmand police spokesman Abdul Salam Afghan told Pajhwok Afghan News that security forces conducted an operation -- backed by the air force -- in Marja district against militants late on Saturday.

He said 10 Taliban fighters were killed and 18 landmines defused in Marja. Another 13 landmines were defused during a nighttime raid in the limits of the 3rd police district of Lashkargah.

The Taliban have not yet commented on the Marja offensive. Qari Yousaf Ahmadi, the group’s spokesman, said casualties had been inflicted on the security personnel in Garmser and Greshk districts.

In Nangarhar, five Daesh rebels were killed as a result of an air raid in Achin district. Weapons and ammunition were also destroyed, the governor’s office said in a statement. There has been no word yet from IS.