3 killed as Afghan air force strikes Taliban hideout in restive province: military

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QALAT, Afghanistan, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) — Three Taliban militants were killed and two others wounded after Afghan Air Force launched an airstrike on a Taliban position in southern Zabul province, the military said Wednesday.

“The strike was launched in Arghandab district, Zabul province on late Tuesday, and an enemy’s hideout was destroyed by the sortie,” army’s Corps 205 Attal said in a statement.

The Afghan security forces have recently beefed up security operations against the Taliban militants who have been attempting to take territory and consolidate their positions in the countryside ahead of winter.

In addition, a total of 46 different types of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) had been found and defused by the engineering teams of corps within the past 24 hours in Zabul and neighboring Uruzgan and Kandahar province, the corps based in the region said.

Taliban militants have been using home-made IEDs to make roadside bombs and landmines to target security forces, but the lethal weapons also inflict casualties on civilians.

On Tuesday, 10 civilians, including two women and three children, were killed in an IED explosion in eastern Khost province.

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