‘Airstrikes in south-eastern Afghanistan’, Thirty-one militants killed
Thirty-one militants, many of them believed to have been Al Qaeda fighters, have been killed in airstrikes in south-eastern Afghanistan, officials said.
The strikes were carried out in Ghazni province late Wednesday, where Defence Ministry said they targeted a ‘base’ belonging to militants.
‘Qari Aref, one of facilitators (for Al Qaeda) was transferring these 31 terrorists, including nine suicide bombers, in several cars when targeted by airstrikes and eliminated,’ Ministry said.
It described fighters as all belonging to Middle Eastern militant group, although a spokesman for Ghazni Governor said fighters from Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network were also present.
Defence Ministry did not specify who carried out airstrikes. Only Afghan and USA forces in Afghanistan conduct airstrikes.
Ghazni Governor’s spokesman, Muhammed Aref Noori said strikes had been carried out by US forces, but there was no immediate confirmation of his claim.