15 militants killed in Ghazni City clash
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): A commander was among 15 militants killed during a clash with security forces on the outskirts of Ghazni City, the capital of southern Ghazni province, on Monday noon, police said.
The clash erupted in Zewaj and Kala Ghaj areas of the city during a security operation involving police and intelligence officials, Ghazni police chief Zarawar Zahid told Pajhwok Afghan News.
He said the dead militants included a commander identified as Mullah Abdul Qadir. Corpses of the slain insurgents still lied in the area, he said.
The police chief said a number of foreign militants along with local comrades had recently entered the areas where the clash took place.
He said the militants were planning to sabotage the presidential runoff election, but the national security forces had adopted strict security measures to frustrate their designs.
A resident of the Zewaj area, Mohammad Hussain, told Pajhwok Afghan News there had been a fierce clash, but he had no information about casualties.
Meanwhile, police detained a man wearing woman clothing at a bus stand in Ghazni City.
Zarawar Zahid said the detainee had confessed to attaching magnetic bombs to vehicles during interrogations.
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