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    Posted: 02-Jul-2017 at 11:52pm
The Afghan army on Saturday claimed killing at least 40 Taliban militants during an operation in Maiwand district of southern Kandahar province. Another 10 rebels were wounded in the operation in Bayab Banak area, about 70 kilometers from Kandahar city, the provincial capital, said Afghan National Army’s 205th Atal Military Corps spokesman Capt. Ahmad Sadiq. He told Pajhwok Afghan News the corps 3rd infantry brigade conducted the mopping-up operation after reports about a gathering of insurgents in the area. Sadiq said the ground offensive also involved mortar firing that resulted in the killing of 40 insurgents and injuries to another 10. According to him, six vehicles and 16 motorbikes belonging to the insurgents were destroyed in the operation. He denied casualties to civilians and the soldiers. Maiwand district chief Haji Obaidullah said the Taliban had suffered heavy casualties in the operation, but provided no figure. There has been so far no word from insurgents in this regard. Maiwand is situated on the busy Kandahar-Herat highway. Insecurity incidents in the town are frequently reported.
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