Mon, 21 Jun 2021

GARDEZ, Afghanistan, May 16 (Xinhua) -- Five militants have been confirmed dead as fighting planes struck a Taliban hideout in Dand-e-Patan district of the eastern Paktia province on Sunday, a statement of the provincial police said.

The Taliban militants, hours after the end of the three-day ceasefire, targeted security checkpoints in Dara-e-Muqbal area of Dand-e-Patan district early Sunday and the security forces' fighting planes in sharp reaction struck the Taliban hideout, killing five insurgents and destroyed their anti-aircraft gun, the statement said.

A dozen more militants sustained injury due to the air raids, the statement further said.

The two sides observed a three-day ceasefire on Eid al-Fitr occasion to enable Afghans celebrate the end of Muslims fasting month which ended late Saturday.

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