At least 100 Taliban killed, 90 injured by Afghan forces

Xinhua Xinhua

30th Jul, 2021. 07:32 pm

KABUL: At least 100 Taliban militants were killed and about 90 others wounded during Afghan government security forces’ separate offensives on Thursday, multiple sources confirmed on Friday.

In western Herat province, 52 Taliban militants were killed and 47 wounded when Afghan security forces backed by local Public Uprising Forces repulsed Taliban’s attacks on the outskirts of provincial capital Herat city and neighbouring Guzara, Karukh and Seyawoshan suburban districts, the local government said in a statement.

The Afghan Air Force A-29 warplanes also conducted multiple airstrikes in support of the ground forces, the statement said.

Besides, 13 Taliban militants were killed and 22 others wounded after the air force struck their position in Herat’s Ghoryan district, Afghan Ministry of Defense said earlier on Friday, adding that seven militants’ vehicles along with weapons and ammunition were destroyed by the air raids.

In southern Helmand province, an air force MD-530 helicopter made a crash landing when helicopter gunships pounded Taliban militants on southern outskirts of provincial capital Lashkar Gah city, the army’s 215th Maiwand Corps said in a statement.

Several Taliban militants were killed and wounded during the course of airstrikes, the statement said, adding that the two pilots of the helicopter were not hurt in the incident and were rescued by ground forces.

In neighboring Kandahar province, 36 militants died and 20 were wounded after Afghan warplanes targeted a Taliban’s aggregation in Zhari district, according to Ministry of Defense.

Many Afghan provinces have been the scene of heavy battles in recent months as Taliban militants continued their fighting against government security forces.

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