22 rebels killed in Badghis, Kandahar
HERAT (PAN): Twenty-two rebels were killed in separate incidents, including infighting and bomb blasts, in northwestern Badghis and southern Kandahar provinces, officials said on Wednesday.
In Badghis, a clash between gunmen loyal to Mullah Ahmad and Mullah Noor Ahmad was ongoing in Jowanda district over the past two days, the governor's spokesman, Sharafudin Majidi, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Five Mullah Ahmad’s men and four others loyal to Mullah Noor Ahmad had been killed so far, but there were no exact figures for injuries, he said.
Deputy police chief Col. Ghulam Nabi Hamdard confirmed the clash, linking it to differences between the two commanders over the collection of usher.
Elsewhere in the province, three militants were killed when the bomb they were planting along a road went off prematurely in the Qiraq Shor village of Maqur district, the gubernatorial spokesman said.
The incident took place at around 6pm, he said, identifying the dead as Mullah Niaz Mohammad, Abdul Azim and Mullah Noor Ahmad.
In southern Kandahar, four insurgents planting roadside bombs were killed after police attacked them in Chanar area of Ghorak district on Tuesday night, the governor's spokesman said. Four mines were also seized by the police, Javid Faisal said.
In the same district, three others insurgents were killed during a clash with security forces in the Sangi area, he said, adding two Kalashnikovs and three anti-personal mines were seized.
Three other insurgents were killed during a clash with police in Adam Jan Kariz area of Maiwand district. Another rebel was detained along with eight mines during a police operation in the same district.
A Taliban spokesman Qari Yousaf Ahmadi said a local police commander, Farid, was killed along with three of his guards in a roadside bombing in Charpayo area of Ghorak district on Tuesday.
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