3 Taliban killed, 6 injured in Uruzgan clash
TIRINKOT (PAN): Three Taliban fighters have been killed and six others injured during a clash with Afghan security forces in central Uruzgan province, where NATO-led forces claimed detaining several suspected militants.
The four-hour long clash took place in Chora district on Saturday night, provincial deputy police chief, Col. Gulab Khan, told Pajhwok Afghan News on Sunday. Police suffered no casualties in the firefight.
Khan said the fleeing Taliban took away dead bodies of their colleagues from the site. Only one dead body was recovered from the scene, he added.
Separately, two suspected militants, planting roadside bombs in Marabad area of Tirinkot, were killed when the explosives went off prematurely, the police official said.
Meanwhile, a number of suspected militants were detained and some weapons found during separate operations by Afghan and foreign forces in Tirinkot, local officials and the multinational force said.
The arms, including 20 rockets, 7,000 machinegun bullets and 100 metres fuse, were recovered by intelligence operatives in Saryan area, said a spokesman for the National Directorate of Security in Uruzgan, Sultan Mohammad Daudi.
The suspected militants were arrested by NATO-led forces in the city, the force said in a statement. The detainees included group leaders allegedly involved in making bombs, the statement said.
Commander of the forth brigade of 205th Atal Military Corps, Gen. Mohammad Zafar, said that the foreign troops detained 12 suspects in the operation. After initial interrogations, eight were released and four were still being kept.
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