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Mar 18, 2019
Ghazni airstrikes in 4 months kill 400 Taliban: Official
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): As many as 400 Taliban militants, including 30 key commanders, have been killed during airstrikes by security forces in southern Ghazni province in the past four months, an official said Sunday.
Mohammad Arif Noori, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Afghan and foreign forces conducted 200 airstrikes in Ghazni City, the provincial capital, and districts within the past four months.
In these actions, he said, 30 notorious commanders among some 400 Taliban militants were killed and sources of others wounded. According to Noori’s information, a number of Pakistanis were also among the dead.
He said during these airstrikes seven civilians had been also killed and four others wounded.
However, residents of the province claimed that most of the times the airstrikes targeted civilians.
Nimatullah, a resident of Selmanzai area of Dehyak district, told Pajhwok that mostly civilians suffered causalities in ground operations and airstrikes in the province.
“Two months back, the Afghan commando forces shot dead a civilian as he tried to run from them.”
Akhtar Mohammad, another resident of Liwan locality of Andar district, told Pajhwok 12 civilians were killed in an airstrike a few days back.
He warned if the situation remained the same, the distance between the people and the government would further widen.
On the other hand, the Taliban rejected the governor’s spokesman’s claim that 400 insurgents have been killed during the past four months.
Their spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said operations conducted by the government and foreign forces in Ghazni were unsuccessful and their airstrikes mostly hit civilians.
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