Eight militants including key Taliban commander killed in drone attack in Afghanistan

Published On: January 14, 2019 02:48 PM NPT By: Agencies

PUL-E-KHUMRI, AFGHNAISTAN, Jan 14:  Eight militants including a key Taliban commander, Qari Assadullah, were confirmed dead as an unmanned plane struck a Taliban hideout in Baghlan-e-Markazi district of northern Afghan Baghlan province on Monday, media reports said quoting Abdul Hadi Jamal, an army spokesman in the northern region.

"Acting upon intelligence report, the unmanned plane targeted the Taliban hideout in Kokchinar area of Baghlan-e-Markazi district today morning, killing eight rebels including notorious commander Qari Assadullah on the spot," Xinhua news agency quoted the spokesman.

Terming Assadullah as an infamous and merciless Taliban commander who had organized subversive activities to kill people, the official said that Assadullah's physical elimination could prove to be a major setback to the Taliban fighters in Baghlan province.

Taliban militants who have shelters just a few kilometers from Baghlan provincial capital Pul-e-Khumri have yet to make comment.

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