Afghan air raids kill 24 insurgents in northern Faryab province

Publish: 3:54 PM, July 2, 2018 | Update: 3:54:PM, July 2, 2018

MAIMANA, Afghanistan – Up to two dozen militants were killed after government forces’ helicopter gunships targeted a Taliban gathering in Pashtun Kot district of Afghanistan’s northern Faryab province on Sunday, an army spokesman in the northern region Mohammad Hanif Rezai said Monday.

Acting upon intelligence report, the army helicopters pounded Taliban gathering in Takhta Bazaar area of Pashtun Kot district Sunday afternoon, killing 24 militants on the spot and injuring 31 others, the official said.

A Taliban senior commander Makhdom Alam is also among the injured insurgents, Rezai contended.

Taliban militants who are in control of parts of Faryab province and threatening provincial capital Maimana are yet to make comment on the report.