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Civilians among 10 dead in Paktika violence

Civilians among 10 dead in Paktika violence

Jul 21, 2013 - 14:20

SHARAN (PANinfo-icon): Two civilians, six policemen killed and two insurgents were killed in a fresh bout of violence in southeastern Paktika province, officials said on Sunday.

Police commander Yar Gul told Pajhwok Afghan News the civilians were killed in an air raid by NATOinfo-icon-led troops in Pirkoti area of Argon district.

The civilian fatalities occurred Saturday evening when police sought air support from ISAFinfo-icon during a firefight with the Talibaninfo-icon. The clash lasted several hours.

Yar Gul said two militants -- carrying bombs and explosives on a motorbike to Argon bazaar -- were gunned down by border police.

Provincial police chief, Brig. Gen. Dawlat Khan Zadran, said four policemen died in a clash with the Taliban on Saturday afternoon in Gayan district.

He said another two policemen were killed by the Taliban on the Sharan- Matakhan highway.

A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, confirmed the killing of the policemen, but said he was unaware of militant casualties in the Argon incident.




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