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Civilians among 10 killed in Helmand operations

Civilians among 10 killed in Helmand operations

Jan 07, 2018 - 14:54

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): At least eight Taliban and two civilians, including a woman, have been killed during nighttime operations in southern Helmand province, an official said on Sunday.

Hajji Abdullah, a resident of Nawzad district, told Pajhwok Afghan News security forces had conducted an overnight operation in the area. A woman and a man were killed and third civilian wounded.

On the other hand, an Emergency Hospital official in Lashkargah, the provincial capital, said an employee of the medical facility was also killed in the offensive.

He said: “The man named Samiullah was returning from a relative’s wedding ceremony when he was shot dead by the security personnel.”

But the 215th Maiwand Corps had no information regarding the operation, saying it was carried out by the Kandahar-based 444th special unit personnel.

Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, the Taliban spokesman, also alleged the killing and wounding of students and civilians in the operation.

Meanwhile, police spokesman Abdul Salaam Afghan confirmed the killing of eight Taliban fighters in an airstrike by foreign force in the Safar locality of Garmser district.

He said the Taliban were attending a meeting when they came under the airstrike, which destroyed two of their Corolla cars, motorcycles and some weapons.