2 militants killed, rebel shadow governor detained
SAR-I-PUL (PAN): Two Taliban militants were killed and five others, including a shadow governor for northern Sar-i-Pul province, detained during an operation involving Afghan and foreign troops, officials said on Monday.
The operation was carried out in the Sayad district late on Sunday, police chief, Brig. Gen. Asadullah Shirzad told Pajhwok Afghan News.
He identified the detained shadow governor as Mullah Shir Mohammad. Two insurgents were killed and five others were detained when they wanted to ambush the combined force, he said. A local policeman was also killed during the clash.
Syed Mir Husain Sajadi, the district chief, said that 41 mines, 7 motorcycles, 10 Kalashnikovs and a rocket launcher were seized during the offensive. The detainees also included a bomb-maker named Khal Mohammad, the police chief said.
A Taliban spokesman, Qari Yusuf Ahmadi, claimed that six soldiers were killed and as many others injured during the engagement. He confirmed the deaths of only two fighters. A man and woman were also injured in the crossfire, he said.
Resident Hayatullah said two children and two women were injured during the operation.
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