23 militants killed in airstrike in southern Afghan province

Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-24 19:33:51|Editor: Zhou Xin
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KABUL, July 24 (Xinhua) -- Up to 23 militants were killed and 37 others injured after Afghan air force struck their position in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, the Defense Ministry said on Monday.

"Acting on a confirmed tip-off, the Afghan air force conducted an airstrike on outskirts of Gereshk district late Sunday night. As a result 23 armed militants had been killed and 37 others injured," the ministry said in a statement.

The strike also destroyed a Taliban hideout, and demolished several vehicles and motorbikes, which have been used by the militants during attacks and fighting, the statement added.

The statement also said that seven militants were killed and 11 others injured during separate clashes with security forces within the last 24 hours across the country.

The Taliban militants have yet to make comments.

The violence has been on the rise as Afghan anti-government militants have intensified subversive activities across the Central Asian country.

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