About 30 Militants Killed In N. Afghan Airstrike

TALUQAN, Afghanistan, Sept 11 (NNN-AGENCIES) – About 30 Taliban militants were killed, in an airstrike in Afghanistan’s northern Takhar province, Tuesday night, a local source said today (Wednesday).

“The strike was conducted, acting on a specific intelligence input on outskirts of Khwaja Bahawuddin district. Some 30 militants were also wounded by the strike,” Abdul Khalil Khalili from Afghan army Corps 217 Pamir said.

Armed with small firearms and rocket propelled grenades (RPG’s), the targeted militants tried to launch a massive attack on the district centre, he said.

Three hijacked military vehicles were also destroyed by the strike, Khalili added, without saying whether the strike was conducted by Afghan Air Force or NATO-led coalition forces.

The province has been the scene of heavy clashes since early this month. On Tuesday, Taliban militants overran and captured control of neighbouring Yangi Qala and Darqad districts, after heavy clashes with security forces.

The Taliban insurgent group, which has been waging an insurgency for more than 18 years, has not made any comment yet.– NNN-AGENCIES