KABUL: Afghan Air Force has conducted a series of sorties in the country’s southern and northern provinces, killing more than 60 armed insurgents and injuring scores of others over the past 24 hours, officials said on Thursday.
In the latest waves of airstrikes, the Afghan fighting aircrafts pounded a Taliban hideout in the outskirts of Tirin Kot, the capital of the southern Uruzgan province, during the wee hours of Thursday, killing 17 insurgents and injuring countless others, an army spokesperson in the southern region Mohammad Sadeq Eisa said.
A weapon cache of the militants was also destroyed in the raids, the official added.
Similarly, the Afghan Air Force targeted Taliban hideouts in Shalghami and Qala-e-Shamir areas of Maiwand district in Uruzgan’s neighbouring Kandahar province on Wednesday night, killing 18 militants and injuring 11 others.
An army spokesperson in the northern region said that in an identical air attack, the Afghan forces, backed by fighting aircraft, conducted series of sorties against militants in the northern Baghlan, Balkh and Faryab provinces, killing more than 30 militants and injuring over a dozen others.
According to him, the government forces would continue to use fighting aircraft as lethal weapons in the war on militants.
Taliban militants, who have speeded up activities against government forces over the past few months, have not commented on the report.