An Afghan security official says 83 Taliban fighters were killed during an operation by intelligence forces in the southern province of Kandahar late on January 31.
The head of military operations in Maiwand district, Sultan Mohammad, told RFE/RL on February 1 that dozens of the militants’ vehicles and motorcycles were also destroyed in the operation, which he said was supported by air strikes.
“The group of insurgents were gathered to launch coordinated attacks on Afghan forces check posts in Panjwai and Maiwand districts of Kandahar Province,” Mohammad said.
He didn’t say whether there were any casualties among Afghan forces.
Meanwhile, an Afghan official said two U.S. drone strikes on January 30 hit a building where dozens of Taliban were meeting in the southeastern province of Ghazni, killing 26 extremists and injuring 22 others.