17 insurgents killed in 4 provinces
KABUL (PAN): Seventeen insurgents have been killed during clashes with Afghan security forces and a blast in four provinces over the past 24 hours, officials said on Wednesday.
Five insurgents were killed during a clash with police in the Qarah Bagh district of southern Ghazni province on Tuesday afternoon, the district chief, Fazl Rahman Nazarwal, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
He said the police were carrying logistic supplies to a post in the Gawmesh area when came under attack from the rebels.
In the ensuing clash, five attackers were killed and two others injured, he said, adding three civilians also sustained injuries when a Taliban-fired rocket hit a house in the area. The injured civilians included a woman and two children, he said.
Another five insurgents, including a commander, were killed during security operations by Afghan armed forces in Ghorak and Panjwai districts of southern Kandahar province.
One policeman and six other people were wounded during the clashes, the governor’s spokesman said.
Javed Faisal added three militants were killed and six others wounded in the military operation in the Ghorak district. An Afghan soldier sustained slight injuries in the operation, he said.
The rebel commander was killed in the Panjwai district, where he had arrived from Pakistan.
In central Logar province, four insurgents were killed during a clash with Afghan troops in the Khokhi district.
The 303rd Thunder Military Corps spokesman, Ahmad Jan Mukhlis, said the overnight nigh clash broke out after a group of insurgents attacked patrolling soldiers in the area.
The troops stayed unhurt in the clash that lasted half an hour, he added.
In western Herat province, three militants were killed when a bomb they were planting on a road in the Shindand district went off prematurely.
The district chief, Lal Mohammad Omarzai, said the blast took place the night between Tuesday and Wednesday.