Air raids kill 3, wound 12 in North Afghanistan

MAIMANA, (Afghanistan): At least three militants were killed and 12 others injured as military aircraft pounded a Taliban hideout in Almar district of northern Faryab province on Saturday, army spokesman in the northern region Mohammad Hanif Rezai said Sunday.
The sorties targeted Taliban militants in Bushqara village of the troubled Almar district on Saturday afternoon, killing three on the spot and wounding 12 others, the official added.
Rezai also said that the militants were gathered in their hideout in the area to storm security checkpoints but their plan has been thwarted after suffering casualties.
No civilian and security personnel had been harmed during the sorties, the official further said.
Taliban militants have yet to make comment.
In similar sorties, military planes have killed 10 more militants elsewhere in Faryab and the relatively troubled Balkh province since Friday, officials said.–Agencies