16 killed in new bout of violence
KABUL (Pajhwok): Fifteen militants have been killed and another 15 injured during separate incidents that left one policeman dead in various provinces over the past 24 hours, officials said on Thursday.
A would-be suicide bomber was arrested in the capital of eastern Laghman province before he could reach his intended target on Thursday.
The governor’s spokesman, Sarhadi Zwak, told Pajhwok Afghan News the bomber was apprehended in the Neili area of Mehtarlam.
The National Directorate of Security (NDS) also confirmed the alleged bomber’s detention, saying the detainee had been directed intelligence agencies in neighboring Pakistan to carry out an attack in Mehtarlam.
Seven militants were killed and eight others were wounded during a military operation in Alisher district of southeastern Khost province, the 203rd Thunder Military Corps said a statement.
The statement said another three rebels were killed and a fourth wounded in a separate operation in Zurmat district of southeastern Paktia province.
Meanwhile, police claimed seizing several weapons and ammunition in central Maidan Wardak province.
While a clash left five militants and a police officer dead in Jurm district of northeastern Badakhshan province.
The clash took place on Wednesday when joint Afghan security forces moved into Bagh Qasim and Farghamanj areas, the governor’s spokesman, Naveed Frotan, said. A second policeman was wounded in the firefight.
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