Afghanistan: Drone strikes kill 4 Taliban commanders

Farah: As many as four Taliban commanders have been killed in drone strikes conducted by foreign forces in various parts of the Farah province of Afghanistan during the past week.

Farah Governor Abdul Basir Salangi confirmed that a Taliban commander – Mullah Bari Jan – who was implicated in at least 300 murders and attacks, was killed in a drone strike in Khak Safid district, Tolo News reported.

The Governor further stated that Mullah Hanzala, Mullah Mukhlis and Mullah Abdul Salam, and at least 30 Taliban militants were killed in three different drone strikes in different parts of the province this week.

The Taliban has, however, rejected the same.
Meanwhile, at least four civilians were killed and a further eight others were wounded in airstrikes conducted in Kandahar province’s Maroof district on Thursday.

A statement from the governor of the province confirmed that Khogyani and Ishaqzai villages in Maroof district were attacked by the Taliban, which was followed by retaliation from the government forces.

Members of the Afghan National Police force had called for air support and the Taliban militants were in civilian houses, leading to the civilian casualties. The statement confirmed that at least three women and a child were among the dead, while seven women and a child were among the injured.