Fresh wave of violence leaves 27 dead
Sixteen insurgents were killed during an ongoing Afghan military operation -- codenamed Nijat (Salvation) -- in central Maidan Wardak province, the governor’s spokesman said.
Attaullah Khogyani told Pajhwok Afghan News two Afghan troops were killed and six others wounded during the offensive in Syedabad district.
Another four militants were killed during a special operation in the district, he said. The Taliban claim several Afghan soldiers were killed in various parts of the province.
In eastern Laghman province, two guerrillas were killed and a third captured alive during a police assault, said the governor’s spokesman, Sarhadi Zwak. The rebels planned to attack a police post in the area.
In neighbouring Nangarhar, three policemen were killed and a fourth wounded during a roadside bombing in the Batikot district on Monday morning, an official said.
Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, the governor spokesman, said the militants were beaten back after police reinforcements arrived at the site.
A security official, who did not want to be named, said six fighters were killed and five others wounded in the counter-attack.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed nine policemen were killed in the clash. He said three fighters were injured in the incident.
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