20 Taliban militants killed in Afghan airstrike

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Pul-e Khomri (Afghanistan), Aug 11 (IANS) At least 20 Taliban militants were killed and four huge insurgents’ weapons and ammunition depots were destroyed after US-led NATO coalition forces launched an airstrike in Afghanistan’s Baghlan province overnight, an official said on Saturday.

The strike was conducted on a Taliban hideout near Aka Khil village, Dahana-i-Ghori district on Friday night, Hanif Rezai, spokesman of Army Corps 209 Shaheen based in the region, told Xinhua news agency.

Among those killed was a Taliban local leader, who served as commander of the group’s Sara Ketta or Red Unit in the province, Rezai said.

In a separate incident, Taliban divisional commander Muwlawi Salauddin was killed along with his two associates after Afghan Army commandos launched an operation in the same district on Friday night.

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Salauddin also served as deputy shadow district chief for Dahana-i-Ghori.

–IANS

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