17 insurgents dead in clashes
Six insurgents were killed and eight others injured during an operation by Afghan soldiers in Maqur district of southern Ghazni province on Saturday evening, the 203rd Thunder Military Corps commander said.
Col. Daud Shah Wafadar told Pajhwok Afghan News three motorcycles and five Kalashnikovs were recovered from the militants. A soldier was injured and an army vehicle damaged after being hit by a rocket.
A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, acknowledged the killing of four fighters and injuries to two others during the offensive. However, he claimed two military vehicles were blown up, killing 10 soldiers on board.
Elsewhere, seven Taliban were killed during a clash with border police in Dand Patan district of southeastern Paktia province. The dead included three fighters from Waziristan, a tribal region in Pakistan near the Afghanistan border, Deputy Governor Abdul Rahman Mangal said.
The clash erupted when Taliban attacked a border police post, killing a policeman and injuring another in the Muqbil area.
Mujahid claimed six Afghan and foreign soldiers were killed in the clash and five of their vehicles destroyed. A fighter was also killed, the rebel spokesman said.
Separately, police clashed with guerrillas in Dur Baba district of eastern Nangarhar, police chief, Brig. Gen. Ali Shah Paktiawal, said.
Three militants were killed during the Saturday night's clashes in Milwi and Sorangi areas between Dur Baba and Nazya districts, said the district chief, Hamisha Gul.
But Taliban said they had killed six soldiers in an ambush in the district. A military and a police vehicle were damaged, he said.
In central Uruzgan province, a fighter and a policeman were killed and another policeman injured during a clash in the Ashzi village of Chura district, said police chief, Col. Fazal Ahmad.
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