BREAKING: 51 DEAD, 46 Wounded In “Clearance” Operation- Here’s What We Know


KABUL, AFGHANISTAN — At least 51 armed militants were killed and 46 others wounded during a series of special operations launched by Afghan forces over the past 24 hours, Afghan Defense Ministry said Saturday.


“Some 26 planned clearance and military operations, including 10 special operations, were launched, pounding several enemy’s hideouts during the past 24 hours,” the ministry said in a statement.

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A local Taliban leader named Dadullah known as Qari Assadullah was among the dead, according to the statement.


The raids were conducted in 16 of the country’s 34 provinces, Xinhua reported.

“The Afghan air force had also taken part in the mop-up operations, launching 110 flights, including several supportive flights and airstrikes on two hideouts of the militants during the above raids,” the statement added.


The statement did not give details about the casualties on the side of the security forces over the period.

Meanwhile on Monday, at least 31 people were killed in a car bombing in Kabul. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

“The car bomb hit a bus carrying employees of the ministry of mines during rush hour,” interior ministry spokesperson Najib Danish said.

The attack took place in a western Kabul neighborhood where several prominent politicians reside and at rush hour, as residents were heading to work and students were on their way to a nearby private high school, said Basir Mujahed, the spokesman.

“The bomber attacked at one of the busiest times of the day,” the spokesman said. “There were traffic jams with people going to work and to the university and schools. Many of the shops had just opened.”

The bus was completely destroyed, along with three other cars and several shops in the area, he said, adding children were among the wounded.

In a statement the Interior Ministry called the attack “a criminal act against humanity.”

The police spokesman said the minibus was carrying employees of the mines and petroleum ministry.

The Taliban, in a statement to the media, said they were behind the bombing and that the attack was carried out by an insurgent only identified as Ahmad.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the horrific attack. The statement, sent by Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid, said the target of the bombing was the intelligence services and their employees. He claimed the bus was filled with employees of the intelligence services.

Mujahid, said that Taliban insurgents spent the last two months shadowing the intelligence services employees before carrying out the attack.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the bombing.

“Once again, these terrorist are attacking civilians and targeting government staff,” Ghani said in a statement.

Eyewitnesses to Monday’s attack said shattered glass from nearby buildings was scattered all over the street.

“The sound was very strong, the ground shook,” said Mohammed Nader, who owns a convenience store in the neighborhood.

NATO’s combat mission in Afghanistan ended three years ago, handing sole responsibility to the country’s security forces, who has also suffered spiraling casualties ever since as they try to beat back the resurgent Taliban and contain the growing threat from the Islamic State group.

There are about 8,400 US troops in the country at the moment. The US counterterrorism mission there, which also fights ISIS, is separate from a NATO-led effort to train, advise and assist the Afghan army and police force to fight the Taliban. More than 1,600 civilians were killed in Afghanistan in the first half of the year, UN figures show, a record high in the 16-year war.

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