23 rebels killed in separate incidents
KANDAHAR CITY/JALALABAD (PAN): Officials said on Saturday at least 23 insurgents have been killed and seven others wounded during separate incidents of violence in Nangarhar, Maidan Wardak and Kandahar provinces.
A group of heavily armed rebels attacked the Chaparhar district headquarters late on Friday night, sparking a gun-battle with security forces in Nangarhar.
Four attackers were killed and three others injured in the retaliatory fire, the governor’s spokesman, Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
The insurgents fired at the district centre from Kandi Bagh and Langapur areas before a ground and air operation was launched against them, the official said.
One insurgent was killed and three others, including a group leader identified as Qari Ajmal, injured during a join operation of Afghan and foreign forces in the Batikot district on Thursday, Abdulzai said.
In Maidan Wardak, seven insurgents were killed and four others wounded during a search operation that lasted five days in the Jalrez district, the governor’s spokesman said.
Attaullah Khogyani said two army soldiers were wounded during the offensive that also resulted into the seizure of some ammunition.
Three militants were killed during a NATO airstrike that hit a vehicle being laden with explosives in the Syedabad district, where another airstrike hit a motorcycle carrying a Taliban fighter. Five more suspected militants were detained in the Jaghatu district, said Khogyani.
In Kandahar, six Taliban insurgents were killed in a blast caused by their own bomb in the Arghistan district on Friday evening, the governor’s office said in a statement.
The governor’s spokesman, Javed Faisal, said another insurgent was killed in a similar incident in the Panjwai district.
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