Kabul: Nearly 20 Taliban militants have been killed and 17 more arrested during two military operations by coalition and Afghan forces on November 07, in the restive Oruzgan and Zabul provinces of southern Afghanistan, said statements issued by US-led Coalition press office in Bagram Airfield.
‘The combined force of Afghan and Coalition members conducted a search in the Jawara District where intelligence sources indicated Taliban and IED cells linked to several previous attacks on Afghan and Coalition forces were operating. While conducting a search of several compounds in the district, Afghan and Coalition forces killed several armed militants. Continuing their search of the compounds, the combined force found and detained seven suspected militants intelligence indicated as having possible connections to IED facilitators’ added the statement.
‘During the operation, several militants posed a credible threat to Afghan and Coalition forces conducting a search of compounds in the Qalat district. Accurate, conventional munitions were used against the militants killing two of them. A third militant, hiding in an an orchard just outside the compound area, was found and detained by the combined force. After hostilities cease, Afghan and Coalition forces continued their search of several compound in the district. During the search, the combined force detained 10 other suspected militants indicated as having possible connections to Taliban forces’ said another statement.
Oruzgan and Zabul are remote provinces where the militants are active even in the center of the provinces, Tarin Kot and Qalat. The militants were even able to attack directly on Coalition bases in recent months. Several Coalition service members and tens of Afghan soldiers have been killed in their attacks.
The US-led coalition and Afghan forces have launched separate operations in these provinces for past many days. They have claimed killing a lot of militants in these operations.