13 militants killed in Khost firefight
KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): More than a dozen Taliban insurgents were killed and another eight injured during an overnight clash with security forces in southeastern Khost province, the governor’s house said on Sunday.
The clash broke out after a group of insurgents attacked security posts in Zazi Maidan district, the governor’s office said in a statement quoting Gen. Mohammad Nassar Hedyat, Afghan National Army (ANA)’s first brigade commander in Khost.
Gen. Hedayat told a gathering at the Khost Security Coordination Centre, that the security forces escaped unhurt in the attack and 13 militant rebels were killed and eight wounded when the forces returned fire.
He dubbed the Taliban’s spring offensive “Azm” that started on Friday as a mere propaganda. He said the insurgents suffered many casualties at the start of their offensive.
He also said security forces had a number of weapons and explosives during an operation in the Bak district.
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