Connect with us

South Asia

10 People Killed in Airstrikes in Paktia Province Near Afghan-Pakistan Border

Published

on

Afghan officials say an airstrike has killed at least 10 civilians in the eastern Paktia province bordering Pakistan. It was not immediately clear who carried out either airstrike.

Shausta Jan Ahady, a former provincial council member, says women and children were among those killed late Saturday. He says local residents displayed the bodies and protested on Sunday. Provincial government spokesman Abdullah Hsrat says the airstrike killed four insurgents and that an investigation has been launched into the allegations of civilian casualties.

In a separate incident in the southern Helmand province, an airstrike killed the Taliban’s shadow governor and two of his guards, according to provincial government spokesman Omar Zwak.

There was no immediate comment from the Taliban, who control nearly half the country and run a parallel administration. It was not immediately clear who carried out either airstrike.

Senior Afghan Taliban commander killed in air strike, officials say

A top commander of the Taliban has been killed in Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand in a joint operation by Afghan and U.S. Special Forces, Afghan officials and Taliban members said on Sunday.

Abdul Manan, who was in charge of Helmand province for the insurgent group, was killed along with 29 others by an air strike on Saturday while he was meeting local commanders and fighters in the Nawzad district, Helmand provincial governor Mohammad Yasin Khan said.

His death was confirmed by Taliban members in Helmand and neighbouring Kandahar province but there was no initial confirmation from the U.S. military, which said it was looking into the incident.

The death of Mullah Manan, who commanded Taliban fighters as they steadily increased their control over Helmand in the years following the end of most international combat missions in 2014, was seen as a major success by Afghan officials. “He was the most senior Taliban commander in the south and his death will have an overall impact on security,” one senior security official in Kabul said.

The report of Manan’s death comes as both the Western-backed security forces and the Taliban have pushed to gain the momentum at the same time as efforts have stepped up to find a peaceful settlement to end the 17-year war in Afghanistan.

Although contacts have started between U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban representatives, there has been no let-up in the fighting, with both sides aiming to build a favourable position in advance of any peace talks.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Facebook

FEATURED

sukhoi-su-35 sukhoi-su-35
Featured2 hours ago

Setback For Su-30 As Russian Su-35 Jet Shoots It Down After An Intense Dogfight

In a bizarre incident that happened over the Russian skies on Tuesday, a Russian Su-35S fighter jet reportedly shot-down Su-30SM...

Gangayaan-ISRO Gangayaan-ISRO
Featured4 hours ago

ISRO’ Satellite Communications Attacked By Chinese Hackers – CASI Report

While concerns over China’s increasing space warfare capabilities have been highlighted in a recent Pentagon report, another U.S. think-tank has...

DRDO-INDIA DRDO-INDIA
Featured6 hours ago

India Tests Powerful Short Range Prithvi-II Missile Amid Soaring Tensions With China, Pakistan

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) of India has successfully test-fired the indigenous Prithvi – II missile, the third...

jet jet
Europe6 hours ago

Doors Still Open For India To Co-Develop ‘Tempest’ Sixth-Gen Fighter Jet With The UK

In 2007, India and Russia had agreed to jointly build a fifth-generation fighter jet called Sukhoi/HAL Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA)...

rafale-jets rafale-jets
Featured10 hours ago

36 More Rafales: France Wants India To Order More Rafale Jets For DRDO To Acquire Aero-Engine Tech?

As Indian netizens have widely celebrated the arrival of 4.5 generation Rafale jets and the Indian media threatening Pakistan and...

dalai-lama dalai-lama
Americas12 hours ago

After Xinjiang, China Pushing Tibetans Into Forced Labour, Re-Education Camps

China is allegedly pushing Tibetans into military-style labour camps similar to the ones in Xinjiang, according to a Reuters report....

Saudi-Israel Saudi-Israel
Featured21 hours ago

Saudi Arabia Fully Supports US’ Efforts To Get Israel, Palestine On Negotiating Table – King Salman

King Salman bin Abdulaziz on Wednesday said that Saudi Arabia supports Washington’s efforts to bring the Palestinian and Israeli sides...

US-CHINA-INDIA-JAPAN US-CHINA-INDIA-JAPAN
Americas21 hours ago

Pentagon Blew COVID-19 Funds To Buy Military Equipment; ArcelorMittal, Rolls-Royce Awarded Big Contacts

Pentagon blew up $1 billion appropriated for the pandemic by the Congress to finance military equipment including jet engine parts,...

AFGHAN-HOSPITAL-ATTACKS AFGHAN-HOSPITAL-ATTACKS
Featured1 day ago

Afghan Top Negotiator Abdullah Abdullah To Visit Pakistan To Discuss Afghan Peace Process

The top Afghan peace negotiator – Abdullah Abdullah is in talks with the Taliban and could travel to Pakistan next...

s400-russia s400-russia
Featured1 day ago

British & NATO Jets Jamming The Radars Of Powerful S-400 Systems – Russian Experts

The stealth-hunting S-400 surface-to-air-missiles are the most advanced long and medium-range surface-to-air missile systems currently being operated by Russia, China,...

Advertisement