Afghanistan forces inflict heavy casualties on LeT
In a major crackdown to eliminate terrorists’ sanctuaries, Afghanistan has carried out three airstrikes within a week in Kunar province, bordering Pakistan, inflicting heavy casualties on Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror group.
At least 19 LeT militants were killed and eight others wounded in Dangam district of eastern Kunar province in airstrikes on Saturday, Afghan Ministry of Interior said. In a brief statement, the ministry on Sunday said the LeT militants were killed in a “major operation” underway in Dangam district to clear the area from the terrorist groups.
Kunar police chief Maj Gen Juma Gul confirmed the attack and the LeT casualties in Dangam district, Pajhwok Afghan news reported. Pajhwok said the airstrike was the third in a week carried out by NATO forces in Kunar.
Taliban’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid also confirmed the airstrikes. However, he denied the attack resulted in any casualty to the group affiliates.
The LeT, headquartered in Pakistan, is one of the largest and most proficient of the Kashmir-focused militant groups and it is accused of coordinating and carrying out attack on Indian consulate in the Herat province of Afghanistan in 2014. Local media reports that the LeT was attempting to set up bases in eastern Afghanistan in 2014.
Also, Ministry of Interior on Monday said in the past 24 hours, 31 Counter-Terrorism joint operations were carried out to clear some of the areas from terrorists and enemies of peace and stability of Afghanistan.