Would-be bombers among 20 rebels killed
SHARAN/JALALABAD (PAN): Twenty militants, including two suicide bombers, have been killed in different province over the past 24 hours, security officials said on Saturday.
The incidents of violence took place in Maidan Wardak, Paktika, Nangarhar, Kapisa and Parwan provinces, local authorities said.
Based on an intelligence tip, police fired at two would-be suicide attackers in Sharan, the capital of southeastern Paktika province, on Friday evening.
Paktika police chief, Brig. Gen. Dawlat Zadran, told Pajhwok Afghan News one of the attackers was killed in police fire while a second blew himself soon after they disembarked from a car.
On the other hand, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said 13 police and intelligence personnel were killed by the suicide attackers before they were shot dead.
In Nangarhar, bordering Pakistan's restive tribal region of Khyber, Afghan army commandos killed five militants and wounded four others during an overnight operation.
Deputy police head Col. Masoom Khan said civilians and security forces were not harmed during the operation in Khogyani district.
Elsewhere in the province, three rebels were blown by the bomb they were planting in Khanikhel district, police spokesman Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal said. The explosive device went off prematurely, he added.
In central Afghanistan, a guerillas was killed in a similar incident in Parwan province. Police officer Col. Mohammad Kazim said the insurgent was placing the bomb beneath a culvert in the Qazi village of Charikar.
A young man was stabbed to death by unidentified attackers in neighbouring Kapisa province. The victim was returning home from a wedding ceremony in Hisa Awal district, said the town's administrative head, Abdul Fatah Shafiq.
In Syedabad and Jaghatu districts of Maidan Wardak province, six militants were killed and two others wounded in clashes with security forces, the governor's spokesman said.
Attaullah Khogyani claimed two Arab nationals were among the fatalities resulting from the gunbattles. One Afghan army officer was killed and another injured in the firefights.
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