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7 militants killed in Farah clash

Security & Crime


7 militants killed in Farah clash

Jan 25, 2014 - 14:53

MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Seven militants were killed during a clash and six womeninfo-icon injured in a rocket attack in western Farah province, officials said on Saturday.

Abdul Jamil Siddiqui, the Qaisar district head, told Pajhwok Afghan News the rebels were killed after they attacked security check posts late on Friday.

Mullahinfo-icon Salam Hafiz, a militant commander, and Maulviinfo-icon Abdul Rahman, a brother of the shadow governor for Ghormach district, were among the dead, he said.  

Talibaninfo-icon spokesperson Qari Yousaf Ahmadi confirmed the killing of two fighters and injuries to three others. He claimed eight security personnel were also killed and three of their posts set on fire.    

A day earlier, local officials confirmed the killing of six policemen and injuries to four others in Qaisar district.

Syed Abdul Baqi Hashmi, the provincial council secretary, expressed concern over deteriorating security in the district and said the government should launch a clearing operation ahead of elections.

But the Ministry of Defence in Kabulinfo-icon said they had conducted a clean-up operation on the Qaisar-Ghormach highway.

Elsewhere in the province, six female relatives of the Shirin Tagab district council head were wounded in a rocket attack. But he escaped unhurt. 

Sayed Luqman Gahrik, the district head, said the Taliban tried to kill Hashim. Six of his family members were wounded, two of them critically, in the attack.

Hashim’s mother, who was admitted to Farah Civil Hospital, said her sons exchanged fire with the Taliban after the rocket strike. One of the Taliban was killed, she added.



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