Afghan elite forces kill six al-Qaida members in Helmand province
Six members of al-Qaida were killed in an operation carried
out by Afghan elite forces in Musa Qala district of Helmand province, the
Ministry of Defense (MoD) said in a statement.
Raihan, Faizani, Madani, Quraishi, Sahel, and Keramat were the al-Qaida commanders who were killed in the operation. According to statement, Raihan was the conduit between al-Qaida’s south Asia leader, Asim Umar, and the network’s top leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri. Faizani was the network’s commander in Helmand and he was behind terrorist activities of the network.
Those who were killed in a night raid by Afghan forces were
The statement said that 17 Taliban militants, including Haji
Mahmood who was the group’s military chief in Nawzad district of Helmand, were
killed in the raid.
“14 Taliban and al-Qaida fighters were arrested during the
operations,” the statement said.
The ministry had previously claimed that 22 Taliban
militants were killed and 14 others wounded in the operation, a claim that was
rejected by the Taliban.
The Taliban claimed the airstrike targeted two wedding ceremonies
in Musa Qala, killing a large number of civilians, including women and
children. The militant group claimed they have killed 18 Afghan intelligence
operatives, NDS forces, in a counterattack in the district.