Policeman killed, 3 wounded in Sar-i-Pul clash
SAR-I-PUL (PAN): A policeman was killed and three others, including an insurgent, were wounded during a gunbattle in northern Sar-i-Pul province, officials said on Saturday.
The clash happened late on Friday when fighters attacked a police checkpoint in Sayad district, provincial police chief, Asadullah Sherzad, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
A landmine exploded when policemen were fighting back the militants, he said, adding, one policeman was killed and two others were injured in the blast. The injured were taken to a provincial hospital and are said to be in stable condition.
Sayed Anwar, a tribal elder, said the blast happened in Biland Ghor area of the district. Scared of more blasts in the area, residents are staying indoors.
In Chamtal district of northern Balkh province, a policeman and a fighter were wounded during an overnight clash in Taraki area. Sultan, who lives in the area, said the Taliban had snatched an armoured vehicle of foreign forces.
The International Security Assistance Force headquarters in Balkh confirmed the clash and said the troops suffered no causalities.
But a Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed the militants killed four ISAF soldiers and injured a fifth during the clash. He acknowledged injuries to one assailant.
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