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Commander among 3 fighters killed in Helmand

Commander among 3 fighters killed in Helmand

Jun 04, 2010 - 16:18

<!--break--><p>LASHKARGAH (PAN): A local Taliban commander was among three fighters killed while another was injured in the restive province of Helmand, officials said on Friday.</p><p>A group of about six fighters attacked police while they were defusing a mine underneath a bridge in the Nahr-i-Siraj district, provincial police chief, Brig. Gen. Muhammad Hakim Angar, told Pajhwok Afghan News.</p><p>One policeman was injured, but three fighters including their local commander, Muhammad Ewaz, were killed and another fighter was injured in retaliatory gunfire, he said.</p><p>The fighters took the bodies of their colleagues, but left behind the body of the commander, he added.</p><p>Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, confirmed the militants suffered casualties but said six policemen were also killed during the clash.</p><p>Separately, three civilians were killed Thursday evening when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Baba Jee area on outskirts of provincial capital, Lashkarghah, Angar, said. A resident of the area, Khan Agha, said two people were killed and a third injured when their motorcycle hit the mine.</p><p>Meanwhile, three more Taliban fighters were killed when the bomb they were planting exploded, Angar said.</p><p>myn/cas</p>

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