Afghanistan air, special operations kill 29 militants

Staff Report

URUZGAN -- At least 29 militants, including Taliban and fighters of the "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL), were killed during air strikes in Uruzgan and Nangarhar and in a special security operation in Zabul, media reported.

An air strike targeting a militants' compound in the vicinity of Tirin Kot, Uruzgan's provincial capital, killed at least seven Taliban, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said September 19, according to Khaama Press.

Meanwhile, the Afghan Air Force (AAF) pounded militants' hideouts in Mohmand valley of Achin District, Nangarhar province, September 17 night, killing at least 17 ISIL fighters, the 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan National Army (ANA) said in a statement, according to Khaama Press.

Separately, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) September 19 claimed to have killed five al-Qaeda-affiliated militants during a special military operation in Zabul province, Khaama Press reported.

Two other suspects were captured alive with two suicide vests, several weapons and explosive, the NDS said in a statement.

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