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    7 police, 8 rebels killed in Paktika incidents

    SHARANA (Pajhwok): Eight militants were killed when the explosives-laden car they were travelling in exploded after being hit from the air by foreign troops in southeastern Paktika province, the governor’s spokesman said on Friday.

    Mukhlis Afghan told Pajhwok Afghan News the airstrike took place in the Yahyakhel district late on Thursday night.

    Maj. Gen. Nabi Jan Malakhel, provincial police chief, said eight militants had been killed in the airstrike. A police contingent had been sent to the area to investigate the incident.

    In a statement, ISAF said: "We are looking into this alleged event." The Taliban have not commented on the incident so far.

    In the same district, armed militants stormed a police check post in the Spin Kali area, sparking a gun-battle that lasted for hours.

    Seven police officials were killed and two others were wounded in the firefight, the police chief said, adding rebels had also suffered heavy casualties but he had no details.

    Dad Muhammad, a local, said they heard gun shots late in the night for several hours and later saw police evacuating the dead bodies of their colleagues.

    A Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the fighters stormed two police check posts, killing 13 border policemen and destroying the posts. He said a huge quantity of arms and ammunitions were also seized by militants.

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