Dozens of rebels eliminated in Ghazni, Paktika
GHAZNI CITY/ SHARAN (Pajhwok): Twenty-two insurgents and three policemen were killed in clashes and other incidents in southern Ghazni and southeastern Paktika provinces, officials said on Tuesday.
Shafiq Nang, the Ghazni governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News a police vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Perak area on the outskirts of Khogyani district at around 11: 00 am.
The blast left three policemen dead and a fourth wounded, who was rushed to a local hospital for treatment, he added.
Nazifullah Sultani, a spokesman for the 203rd Thunder Corps in Ghazni, said Afghan security forces conducted joint operations in Mira Jan and Khairo areas of Andar district.
At least 22 rebels were killed in the campaign, he said, adding the rebels’ corpses were still lying in the area.
Abdullah Khairkhwa, administrative chief of Giro district, said seven insurgents, including six Pakistanis, had been killed and four others injured in an offensive in Matta Khan area.
A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said heavy losses had been inflicted on police during clashes but he had not exact figures about casualties.
Col. Nisar Ahmad Abdul Rahimzai, the Paktika police chief, said 37 militants had been killed and four others wounded in an ISAF airstrike in Pirkoti locality on the outskirts of Orgun district. Arab fighters were among the dead.
Taliban have not yet commented on the incident.
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