KABUL, May 29 (Xinhua) — Two local Taliban leaders were killed Saturday after Afghan army struck a militants’ hideout in southern province of Uruzgan, the country’s Defense Ministry said Sunday.
The Afghan National Army pounded a Taliban hideout in Chora district by several artillery rounds, killing Maulawi Jan Aqa, Taliban shadow governor for neighboring Daykundi province, and Assadullah alias Shekaib, head of military commission of Taliban in Uruzgan, the ministry said in a statement.
The statement said that three militants were also wounded as a result of the strike.
The restive Uruzgan province has been the scene of sporadic clashes between security forces and Taliban militants over the past couple of weeks.
The Afghan security forces have stepped up security operations against militants since early April after Taliban militants started their so-called annual spring offensive in the country.
The militant group has yet to make comments.
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