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Air attacks kill 11 militants in northern Afghan province

25 Jul 2021

FAIZABAD, Afghanistan, July 25 (Xinhua) -- Eleven militants were confirmed dead as fighting planes struck a Taliban gathering in Argo district of Afghanistan's northern Badakhshan province on Saturday, said an army statement released here Sunday.

In the sorties conducted Saturday morning, a large number of arms and ammunition including an anti-aircraft gun were also destroyed, the statement said, adding that no security personnel or civilian was harmed during the air raids.

Taliban militants have not made comment.

Airstrikes have killed more than 100 militants in the northern Balkh and southern Helmand provinces on Saturday, according to security officials.

Fighting has increased in Afghanistan since early May when the U.S.-led coalition forces began withdrawal from the war-battered country.

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