Kabul: The Afghan military initiated a strong campaign against the Taliban terrorists by targeting Afghan military bases and the civilian settlements in Ghazni and Zabul provinces. The Afghan army claimed that 38 Taliban terrorists were killed in the action. At the same time, the Afghan defence ministry announced that Hamza Waziristani, the mastermind of the attack on Ghazni military base, also was killed in the action. The Afghan ministry informed that Hamza was from Waziristan in Pakistan.
On Sunday, 31 soldiers of the Afghan military were killed in the attack by crashing a Humvee car loaded with explosives on the military base in Ghazni. After that, a similar vehicle was used in a suicide attack in the Kalat city in the Zabul province, killing three people. No organisation had accepted the responsibility of this attack. But the attacks had taken place in the region dominated by the Taliban. Also, as the modus operandi of the attack matched that of the Taliban, the Afghan military accused that the Taliban was behind the attacks.
Against this background, Afghan security agencies launched an attack on the Taliban base in the Daulat Shah district, in the Laghman province. 30 Taliban terrorists were killed in this attack, and a minimum of 17 have been injured. The Afghan defence ministry informed that after that, seven Taliban terrorists, including Hamza Waziristani, were killed in a separate action taken by the Afghan military, on Sunday night, in the Ghazni province. This action by the Afghan army is said to be a major jolt for the Taliban.
Meanwhile, the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban are making no headway. The Afghan government is accusing that Taliban is resorting to terror attacks to maintain a dominating position in the talks. Taliban has dismissed the accusations.