Over 100 rebels killed in Afghan operation to retake Taliban town

May 31st, 2008 - 10:30 pm ICT by admin  

Kabul, May 31 (DPA) Afghan interior ministry claimed Saturday that their forces killed more than 100 Taliban insurgents, including five rebel commanders, in an operation in which they took control of a Taliban-held town in the western region. The operation to retake Bakwa district in south-western province of Farah started late Thursday, Interior Ministry spokesman Zemarai Bashary said.

“More than 100 Taliban militants, including five of their commanders, were killed in the operation, which was still ongoing and was led by Afghan police and army soldiers,” Bashary said.

He said forces entered the centre of the district Friday, pushing back hundreds of fighters from the main town.

Afghan forces captured the town around eight months after the militants overran the district and held sway there.

Afghan forces also retook the control of Shaidan district in southern Ghazni province Friday after the Taliban militants swept through the district, taking hostage the district governor and eight police officers.

Taliban stormed Shaidan district Thursday night and then fled the area after burning government buildings and vehicles.

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