Air force kills 2 militants, destroys Taliban camp in North Afghanistan

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Afghan Air Force killed two militants and destroyed a camp of Taliban used as a command center and a factory for building home-made improvised bombs in the northern Faryab province during an operation Friday night, the military command said Saturday.

“The airstrike was conducted at 11:15 p.m. local time in Qaysar district. The strike targeted camp of Mawlawi Ismahil, who served as Taliban insurgents’ shadow district chief for Qaysar. As a result, two militants, including a Taliban bomb expert, were killed and the camp destroyed,” Afghan National Army Special Operations Corps said in a statement.

Some amount of explosive materials and 30 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were also destroyed in the sortie, the statement added.

In another development, special bomb disposal teams of Afghan National Police found and defused five IEDs in Fayab and western Herat provinces on Friday, the Interior Ministry has confirmed.

The national security forces have been continuing cleanup operations across Afghanistan since early this year as daily violence and clashes remain in the war-torn country.

Last week, a Taliban cache and a courthouse were destroyed by airstrikes in North Afghanistan Sari Pul province. The cache stored six AK-47 rifles, one rocket propelled grenade (RPG) launcher, 2,000 bullets, more than 70 kg explosive materials and several land mines,

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