16 killed in Kandahar, Khost clashes
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 15 militants, including a notorious commander, have been killed during a clash in the Shah Walikot district of southern Kandahar province, an official said on Saturday.
Samim Khpalwak, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the insurgents suffered heavy casualties after they stormed several police posts in the district late Friday.
He said a militant commander was among those killed in retaliatory attacks from Afghan national and local police forces. One local policeman was also killed in the gunbattle.
According to a statement from the 205th Atal Military Corps, at least 11 rebels were killed and two others wounded during an operation in Kundula area of Shah Walikot.
It said that five other insurgents were killed and as many wounded during separate operations in Panjwai and Maiwand districts of the province.
According to another report, a little girl was found dead in Kandwalo area of Maiwand district of Kandahar.
An official wishing not to be named said that a policeman was trying to sexually abuse the girl and she was killed by the man to hide his crime.
However, the governor’s spokesman confirmed that a dead girl was found in the district but rejected she was abused by the police. He said the incident was being interrogated by the police.
Elsewhere, a rebel was killed by his own explosives in southern Khost province. Mubariz Zadran, the governor’s spokesman, said that the 16 years old was busy to plant a bomb on a road when the device went-off prematurely.
The incident took place this morning in Mangaso area on the outskirts of Khost city, he said. A security official wishing anonymity confirmed the incident but did not give further details.
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