Security operation kills 41 rebels W. Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD, March 12 (KUNA) — At least 41 Taliban rebel fighters were killed and 50 others wounded in a joint security operation by Afghan forces in Afghanistan’s western Herat province, said officials on Saturday.
The provincial governor’s spokesman, Jilani Farhad told media that the operation was aimed at clearing and preventing war crimes in the Shindand district of Herat. Personnel from the Afghan National Army (ANA), the National Directorate of Security (NDS), police, commando and air force are taking part in the still in progress operation.
At least 41 rebels were killed and more than 50 were wounded during the offensive that led to the destruction of 15 motorcycles, eight vehicles, four machine guns, three rockets and other ammunition and equipment, the official claimed.
According to local media, the operation was kicked off following the infighting between two Taliban factions in Shindand district. The security operation came at a time when Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) of Afghanistan, Pakistan, United States and China have called to facilitate direct peace talks with Taliban and Afghan government. (end)