Kabul, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- The Afghan government announced on Wednesday the death of 22 terrorists, including 10 foreigners, in an operation by the security forces against a Taliban shelter from which suicide attacks were organized in southern Afghanistan.
The special operation took place on Tuesday in Deh-Yak, one of the safest districts in Ghazni province, targeting a Taliban hideout where suicide bombers were given instructions, and suicide vests were prepared with the help of foreign terrorists, according to a statement by the Ministry of Defense.
“In the operation the hideout of the suicide bombers destroyed and 22 terrorists including six Arabs, two Pakistanis and two Tajiks were killed and three more were arrested alive,” the Defense Ministry revealed.
A Taliban member, who was working as logistic facilitator of the suicide bombers, was among those arrested.
“The operation was carried out independently by the Afghan forces and foreign forces were not involved,” Defense Ministry spokesperson Fawad Aman explained to EFE.
Moreover, the spokesperson revealed that the armed forces “destroyed and detonated 16 tons of explosives and 16 suicide vests during the operation in the hideout.”
The death of foreign terrorists in the operation comes despite the Taliban’s claims in recent months that they no longer collaborate with foreign extremist groups and that there are no fighters from other countries in their ranks.
This discovery of Taliban’s collaboration with foreign terrorists violates one of the main points of the agreement reached on Feb.29 in Doha between the Taliban and the United States, where the insurgents promised not to shelter foreign terrorists in Afghanistan.
Kabul has consistently accused the Taliban of maintaining ties with al Qaeda terror outfit, after Afghan forces killed several members of the extremist group in 2020, including Abu Mohsin al-Masri, the group’s number two in the Indian subcontinent.
Al-Masri was a close accomplice of the main leaders of the extremist group, and one of the few commanders who was aware of the Sep.11, 2001 attacks on the United States, in which some 3,000 people died. EFE-EPA