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    3 rebels killed, 2 detained in Logar

    PUL-I-ALAM (PAN): Three insurgents were killed and two others detained with weapons and explosives during two separate operations in central Logar province, officials said on Tuesday.

    One of the gunbattles happened in the Ibrahimkhel area of Brak-i-Brak district, where the fighters attacked a security checkpoint, Brig. Gen. Ghulam Sakhi Rogh Lewanai, the provincial police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

    In retaliatory fire from the security personnel, three Taliban were killed, he said, adding police suffered no casualties.

    Mohammad Rahim Amin, the district's administrative chief, said the fire exchange lasted about 30 minutes and the Taliban managed to take away their associates' bodies from the scene.

    But Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, claimed two policemen were killed and as many others injured in the assault on the checkpoint.

    Separately, two Taliban were detained with weapons and explosives in in the Zarghun Shahr area of Mohammad Agha district. Rogh Lewanai said two anti-vehicle mines, one AK-47 assault rifle, a rocket, a machine gun and mortar shells were seized from a house in the area.

    Elsewhere in the province, five anti-vehicle mines planted under a bridge in the Brakirajan area of Brak-i-Brak district were defused, Din Mohammad Darwesh, the governor's spokesman said.

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