Airstrike kill 19 Lashkar-e-Taiba militants in East of Afghanistan

Pix20-05BANNU: Feb20 – Activists of Merian local lashkar patrol the streets after rocket attack by Janikhel Wazir tribesmen.ONLINE PHOTO by Ijaz Muhammad

Photo by Ijaz Muhammad

KABUL: At least 19 militants belonging to Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist group were killed in an airstrike in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said the airstrike was carried out in Dangam district and at least 8 militants of the terrorist group were also wounded.

According to a statement by MoI, A BM-1 rocket launcher and a Dshk heavy machine gun belonging to the terrorist group were also destroyed in the raid.

MoI further added that a major operation is underway in Dangam district to clear the area from the presence of terrorist groups.

This comes as local officials in neighboring Nuristan province said in mid-2014 that the Pakistan-based terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba is attempting to establish bases in eastern parts of the country.

The officials further added that over 100 Lashkar-e-Taiba militants were deployed in Nuristan province in an attempt to set up training camps in Kamdish district.

Lashkar-e-Taiba also known as Army of the Righteous, is one of the largest and most proficient of the Kashmir-focused militant groups.

The group was also accused of coordinating and carrying out attack on Indian consulate in western Herat province of Afghanistan in 2014. -KP

THE PASHTUN TIMES

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