2 female suicide bombers among 50 Afghan militants killed

Staff Report

KABUL -- Afghan troops killed at least 50 militants recently, including two female would-be suicide bombers.

Troops killed at least 11 Taliban in Pashtun Kot District, Faryab Province, and in Dahna-i-Ghori District, Baghlan Province, August 15, the Afghan National Army (ANA) said in a statement, according to TOLO News.

Meanwhile, 27 or 29 militants, including two female would-be suicide bombers wearing suicide vests, were killed recently in fighting in Waigal District, Nuristan Province, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said August 15, according to the Afghanistan Times and Khaama Press. Sources differed on whether the dead militants in the fighting totalled 27 or 29.

Fighting broke out in Waigal after the Taliban attacked the district August 14, authorities said. The would-be bombers were described as "young girls".

Coalition forces killed at least 12 Taliban recently in Paktika and Paktia provinces, officials told Pajhwok Afghan News August 15.

Security forces in Kunduz Province recently arrested a Taliban commander after a gun battle, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said, according to an August 16 Khaama Press report.

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