Firefight leaves 5 dead in PakitkaBy Obaid Kharoti May 11, 2011 - 18:48
SHARAN (PAN): Two security personnel and three Taliban fighters were killed during a firefight in southeastern Paktika province, officials said on Wednesday.
The clash took place in the Yahyakhel district on Tuesday as Afghan army and police launched a clean up operation in the area, a spokesman for the 203rd Thunder Military Corps, Maj. Haroon Yousufzai, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
One ANA soldier and a policeman and three militants were killed and as many others militants were detained with weapons and ammunitions as a result of the clash that lasted five hours, he said.
A doctor at the Sharan civil hospital, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed receiving two dead of security personnel at the hospital.
A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, confirmed death of their two fighters in the clash, but claimed several Afghan and Foreign soldiers had suffered casualties.