BREAKING: 5 Cops DEAD- 55 Terrorists DEAD- Here’s What We Know



Kabul, AFGHANISTAN — At least 55 Islamic terrorists have been killed and 37 others injured during military operations in different provinces over the past 24 hours, Afghan Defense Ministry said in a statement.

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“The Afghan security forces launched series of operations across the country against enemies over the past 24 hours which had left 55 insurgents dead including three fighters of Islamic State (IS) and 27 others injured,” the statement said.


The operations were conducted against militants in parts of Nangarhar, Kapisa, Khost, Ghazni, Logar, Kandahar, Uruzgan, Kunduz, Faryab, Balkh, Baghlan, Badakhshan and Helmand provinces, the statement added, without giving details on possible casualties inflicted to the security forces, Xinhua reports.

At the same time, five Afghan police were killed and few others injured after Taliban militants attacked a security checkpoint in Arghandab district of the southern Zabul province Tuesday night, a security official said on condition of anonymity.


Militancy and counter-militancy traditionally gets momentum in spring and summer commonly known as fighting season in Afghanistan.

In other news, a British sniper in Afghanistan killed six insurgents with a single bullet after hitting the trigger switch of a suicide bomber whose device then exploded.

The 20-year-old marksman, a Lance Corporal in the Coldstream Guards, hit his target from 930 yards away, killing the suicide bomber and five others around him caught in the blast.

The incident in Kakaran in southern Afghanistan happened in December but has only now been disclosed as Britain moves towards the withdrawal of all combat soldiers by the end of the year.

Lt Col Richard Slack, commanding officer of 9/12 Royal Lancers, said the unnamed sharpshooter prevented a major attack by the Taliban, as a second suicide vest packed with 44lbs of explosives was found nearby.

The same sniper, with his first shot on the tour of duty, killed a Taliban machine-gunner from 1,465 yards (1,340m).

Several hundred British and Afghan soldiers were carrying out an operation in December when they were engaged in a gun battle with 15 to 20 insurgents.

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“The guy was wearing a vest. He was identified by the sniper moving down a tree line and coming up over a ditch,” said Lt Col Slack. “He had a shawl on. It rose up and the sniper saw he had a machine gun.

“They were in contact and he was moving to a firing position. The sniper engaged him and the guy exploded. There was a pause on the radio and the sniper said, ‘I think I’ve just shot a suicide bomber’. The rest of them were killed in the blast.”

It is understood the L/Cpl was using an L115A3 gun, the Army’s most powerful sniper weapon.


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