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Haqqani network leader among 9 killed in Logar raids

Haqqani network leader among 9 killed in Logar raids

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Aug 02, 2017 - 11:28

PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): At least nine insurgents, including a Haqqani networkinfo-icon suicide attack organiser, have been killed in airstrikes in central Logar province, an official said on Wednesday.

The Afghan Air Force (AAF) carried out the airstrikes in Shah Mazar, Rustamkhel and Yousafkhel areas of Pul-i-Alam -- the provincial capital -- late on Tuesday night.

Police spokesman Shapoor Ahmadzai told Pajhwok Afghan News Asadullah, organiser of suicide attacks, was the dead. Three other key figures of the Haqqani network, Qari Salhuddin, Qari Matiullah and Qari Kochai, and five Talibaninfo-icon were also killed.

“The killing of these rebels is a great achievement for us. Their elimination will help improve security in the country,” the police spokesman hoped.

Taj Mohammad, a resident of Shah Mazar area, said the security forces conducted raids on militant positions. “I know the Taliban were killed but don’t have exact figures,” he added.

Taliban have not yet commented on the airstrikes. Earlier, the security forces claimed killing 25 Taliban in Logar province.

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