35 killed, Bangladeshi man held during Afghanistan army raid

Sun Online Desk

23rd September, 2019 04:27:01 printer

35 killed, Bangladeshi man held during Afghanistan army raid

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At least 35 people were killed and 14 people, including a Bangladesh National arrested during a raid at a suspected Taliban hideout in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, agency reports.

The deceased were attending a wedding party during the raid by Afghan government forces on a militant hideout nearby, two officials in southern Helmand province said on Monday.

No official statement has been collected from the Bangladesh authorities over the arrest of the Bangladeshi national immediately.

The raid had targeted a militant hideout that was being used as a camp by the Taliban to train suicide bombers, according to local reports.

A wedding venue had been located nearby and had come under fire during Sunday evening's attack.

“Thirty-five civilians were killed and 13 are injured. These people were attending a wedding party near to the attack site in the Khaksar area of Musa Qala district,” a member of the Helmand provincial council said.

Afghanistan's defense ministry believed the site had been had also been used by foreign nationals working hardline Islamist militants.

“As a result of a joint operation in Musa Qala district of Helmand, 22 Taliban members were killed and 14 others arrested,” the ministry said in a statement.

 At least five Pakistanis and one Bangladeshi national were also arrested in the operation.

The ministry said it will investigate the reports of civilian casualties.