172 militants killed in Afghan operations

Staff Report

KABUL -- At least 172 militants were killed during security operations in Ghazni, Nangarhar and Sar-i-Pul provinces, officials said October 19.

At least 150 militants were killed during two-week operation in Ghazni city, the capital of Ghazni Province, Police Chief Brig. Gen. Aminullah Amarkhil said October 19, Afghanistan Times reported.

Separately, a Taliban designated district chief for Bati Kot District, Nangarhar Province, and a Taliban judge were among nine insurgents were killed in an Afghan air strike in the Chahar Dehi area, provincial police spokesman Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal said October 19.

Eight more militants were killed during air strikes in the Miagan and Larkari areas of Hesarak District of the province, late October 18, according to Afghanistan Times.

A Taliban commander for Alishang District, Laghman Province, was among the dead militants, Laghman governor's spokesman Sarhadi Zwak said.

Meanwhile, security forces cleared 13 villages of Sayad District of Sar-i-Pul Province, killing at least five militants during the three-day operation, an official said October 19.

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