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Local Taliban leader killed in Afghanistan

IANS  |  Kabul 

A local leader and five insurgents were killed after the army launched an operation in the province of Uruzgan, the Defence Ministry said on Sunday.

"A local leader named Bismillah along with four insurgents was killed during a military operation in Dihrawud district on Saturday," Xinhua news agency cited a ministry statement as saying.

The raid was launched based on a tip-off and the insurgents exchanged fire with the security forces, leaving five dead, the statement said.

The Uruzgan province has been the scene of heavy clashes between Taliban and troops over the past couple of months.

The security forces had beefed up security operations recently as militants were attempting to take territory and consolidate their positions ahead of winter in the mountainous country.



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First Published: Sun, November 27 2016. 12:52 IST