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Over 170 militants killed in Afghanistan over past day

Over 170 militants killed in Afghanistan over past day

Afghan officials say government forces have retaken control of a district headquarters in western Afghanistan that was briefly seized by Taliban militants.

Maj. Gen. Dawlat Waziri, spokesman for the Defense Ministry, said in a statement, 171 terrorists have been killed in air and ground offensives in the capital Kabul, Kandahar, Takhar, Farah, Helmand, Nangarhar, Laghman, Kapisa and Ghazni provinces.

Bakhtawar added that the Taliban opened fire at the provincial police as well as administrative offices from many directions in order to take control over the headquarters.

The largest number of militants (54) was killed in the southern province of Kandahar.

Four days earlier, Taliban attacks on police checkpoints killed eight police officers.




Rahimi said Taliban fighters held parts of the district for only about 30 minutes.

The mission has attributed 65 percent of the civilian casualties to the Taliban and other insurgent groups, 20 percent to security forces over the period while 11 percent were attributed to both sides during clashes and the remaining 4 percent were caused by other reasons.

Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor, said two other people in the vehicle were wounded in the attack, which was in the Bati Kot district.

Afghanistan's Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah on Monday expressed his disappointment over the Taliban's lack of response to the Kabul peace offer.

On February 24, at least 18 Afghan soldiers were killed after Taliban militants attacked a security checkpoint in the province.


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