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22nd July 2018

24 militants killed as Taliban leaders’ gathering targeted in Ghazni airstrike


24 militants killed as Taliban leaders’ gathering targeted in Ghazni airstrike

An airstrike targeted a meeting of high level Taliban leaders in southeastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan, leaving at least 24 militants dead.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the airstrike was carried out in the vicinity of Nawa district based on intelligence tip off.

A statement by the Ministry of Defense said the Taliban leaders had gathered for a meeting in Langa village in Nawa district when they came under the airstrike.

The statement further added that the airstrike also left at least seventeen Taliban militants wounded.

According to Defense Ministry, some of the senior Taliban leaders who had attended the meeting, included the former Taliban defense minister Mullah Amir Khan Mutaqi, Mullah Khalifa, Taliban’s Quetta Council member Mullah Shah Mohammad, Taliban’s shadow governor for Ghazni Mullah Yousuf, and Taliban’s shadow governor for Paktia province Mullah Sayed Almas.

The Ministry of Defense also added that preliminary information received from the area indicates that Mullah Amir Khan, Mullah Khalifa, Mullah Shah Moammad, and Mullah Yousuf have sustained injuries in the airstrike.

The anti-government armed militant groups including Taliban militants have not commented regarding the report so far.

Source: Khama

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