Local sources in Paktia province confirmed that 25 Taliban have been killed in an avalanche in the Jaji Ariob district of the province.

Mohammad Lal Amiri, spokesman for the Paktia Police HQ told the media that the incident took place on Sunday night in the ” Zaghni” valley of ​​Jaji Ariob district.

Amiri added that 25 Taliban including some group’s Pakistani commanders were killed in the incident.

According to him, these Taliban affiliates intended to come to Afghanistan from Pakistan taking the mountainous route through the zone.

The Taliban have not yet commented.

The Meteorological Department warned of heavy snowfall in 30 provinces two days before the natural disaster hit.

This comes as the Ministry of Defense stated on Monday that the Taliban have suffered heavy casualties during the battles in Arghandab and Zherai districts of Kandahar province.

The Ministry of Defense said in a released statement on Monday that Afghan national defense and security forces backed by air support launched a clearance operation in Arghandab and Zherai districts of Kandahar province.

As a result of which 18 insurgents were killed and three others were wounded, MoD said in the statement.

The MoD bulletin added, that large premises of Zherai and the Kandahar-Helmand highway were cleared of Taliban fighters and the Highway is currently open to traffic.

During the operation, ANDSF also discovered and defused 13 mines placed in the Zherai, Dand, and Arghandab districts of Kandahar province.

The southern Kandahar province is one of the most insecure provinces of Afghanistan, where the Taliban has influence in various parts of the region.


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