Local Taliban leader killed in S. Afghan airstrike

Source: Xinhua| 2017-06-30 18:45:10|Editor: Zhou Xin
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KABUL, June 30 (Xinhua) -- A local Taliban leader was killed after Afghan Special Operation Forces carried out an airstrike in southern Uruzgan province, the military said on Friday.

Based on a specific tip-off, Afghanistan Operational Coordination Group (AOCG) conducted the raid in Khas Uruzgan district of Uruzgan province at 10:32 a.m. local time Thursday and the strike killed Mullah Abdullah alias Jihadyar and his accomplice Amin Ullah alias Omar, AOCG or command of Special Forces said in a statement.

Abdullah was leading a Taliban unit named Qaitah-e-Surkh in the province, 370 km southwest of the Afghan capital of Kabul, according to the statement.

The elimination of the two militants would further improve the public security in the restive region, it noted.

Afghan security forces have beefed up security operations recently as the Afghans have been witnessing a surge in attacks by Taliban militants and Islamic State (IS) affiliates across the country.

The Taliban has yet to make comments.