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36 militants killed, 6 injured in Afghan air strikes in Helmand: MoD

ANA36 militants were killed and six others wounded in Afghan Air Forces (AAF) air attacks in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, Afghan ministry of defense said in a statement released on Tuesday.

According to the statement the attacks were performed by Afghan forces in Sangin, Nahr-e-Saraj, Marja, and Gershk districts of Helmand province.

“11 Taliban militants including Mullah Hamza, the Taliban chief of provincial council commission, were killed in Gershk district while a weapons cache was also destroyed,” the statement said.

The statement added that another two attacks performed in Marja and Sangin districts killed 20 armed insurgents and injured six others.

Three Al-Qaeda terrorist network militants were also killed in a separate attack by Afghan forces in Nahr-e-Saraj district, the statement further continued.

The air attacks comes as reports Taliban trying to overrun Karwan Qala area of Sangin district emerged last night where they were faced by strong resistance of Afghan forces and were defeated, a statement by provincial governor office claimed.

Taliban militants has yet to make any comment about the incidents.

Helmand is among the volatile districts in southern Afghanistan where the Taliban militants are actively operating in a number of its districts and usually carry out coordinated attacks against the Afghan security forces.

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