3 police, 5 rebels killed in Zabul violence
QALAT (Pajhwok): Five Taliban militants and three policemen have been killed during a clash and a roadside bombing in southern Zabul province, officials said on Monday.
Insurgents attacked a police convoy in Spina Ghbargi area on the outskirts of Qalat, the provincial capital, on Sunday evening, sparking a clash that left five attackers and two policemen dead, Zabul police chief Brig. Gen. Ghulam Sakhi Rogh Liwanai told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Another four rebels and a third policeman and two women were wounded during the firefight that lasted two hours, he said.
Elsewhere a policeman was killed when a roadside bomb ripped through their patrol in Shahr-i-Safa district of the province, a security official wishing not to be named said.
The Taliban claimed security forces suffered heavy casualties in the clash near Qalat. Three policemen and one rebel were killed, said Zabihullah Mujahid, the group’s spokesman.
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