• publish: 5 March 2016
  • time: 8:13 pm
  • category: Security&Crime
  • No: 3530
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Coalition airstrike kills 52 militants in Helmand province

The anti-government armed militants suffered heavy casualties after staging an offensive on Afghan security posts in Sangin and Marjah districts of Helmand province.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD), said at least 52 militants were killed and 45 others were wounded after the security forces responded to the offensive with close-air support by Afghan Air Force and coalition forces.

A statement by MoD said the militants launched coordinated offensive on the security posts of 215th Corps of the Afghan National Army, triggering heavy clashes as the Afghan forces responded to the offensive.

The statement further added that 45 militants were killed and 35 others were wounded in Sangin district, while 7 militants were killed and 6 others were wounded in Marjah district.

At least soldiers serving with the 215th Corps of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces were wounded in the attack, MoD added.

The anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban insurgents have not commented regarding the report so far.

Helmand is among the most volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militants are actively operating and frequently carry out insurgency activities.

The growing violence in Helmand forced the Afghan forces to tactically retreat from certain security posts during recent days. Khaama press writes.

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