16 militants killed in Afghanistan

Sixteen militants were killed in Aghanistan`s Helmand province Saturday night in an air strike on a Taliban hideout, authorities said Sunday.

Kabul: Sixteen militants were killed in Aghanistan`s Helmand province Saturday night in an air strike on a Taliban hideout, authorities said Sunday.

"Acting on a tip-off, the aircraft raided Taliban hideout in Marja district Saturday night killing 16 rebels," reported Xinhua citing a provincial spokesperson, who described it as a big blow to the Taliban fighters in the province.

Taliban, however, claimed having destroyed two armoured personnel carriers and killing four soldiers in the province`s Nawzad district Saturday.

The officials, however, termed it "a baseless claim".

IANS

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