7 ANA soldiers killed in Kandahar attacks
KABUL (PAN): Seven Afghan National Army (ANA) troops were killed and as many injured in two separate roadside bombings in southern Kandahar province, officials said on Saturday.
The first blast that took place in the Panjwai district left five ANA soldiers dead and three others wounded, the 205th Atal Military Corps said in a statement.
The second roadside bomb attack happened in neighbouring Zheri district, killing two ANA service-members and injuring four others, the statement said.
Panjwai district chief Haji Fazl Mohammad confirmed the casualties suffered by the troops, who were on a patrol in the Nakhoni area when a mine tore through their vehicle at around 10pm on Friday night.
The 205th Atal Military Corps said that 10 mines were found and defused during an operation in Panjwai.
A day earlier, a roadside bomb ripped through a vehicle carrying civilians in the Spin Boldak border town, killing six people aboard.
According to police chief Gen. Abdul Raziq, the dead included two women, three children and the driver, all from the same family.
In neighbouring Helmand, armed insurgents opened fire at a passenger vehicle carrying civilians and a policeman in the Musa Qala district, an official said. The policeman travelling in the car and another person, a civilian, were killed in the attack. the incident occurred in the Bughni Manda area near the district centre, the town’s administrative head, Nimatullah Khan, said
A Taliban spokesman Qari Yousaf Ahmadi said two policemen were killed in the incident.
On the other hand, the Greshk district police chief said that a policeman was injured when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the Sarband area late on Friday.
Col. Guli Khan said another police officer was injured during a clash with insurgents following the bomb blast.
He also said a child was killed and six of his family members were injured when a Taliban-fired rocket hit their house in the Haiderabad area.
The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital and they are said to be in a stable condition, the police chief said.
Meanwhile, the provincial intelligence department said three Taliban commanders and two Pakistani spies have been arrested from separate parts of the province.
In a statement, the National Directorate of Security office said the pair had set up a barber shop in Lashkargah and that documents recovered from them showed they spied for Pakistan.