Policemen among 48 dead in Badakhshan clashes: MoI
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 13 policemen and 35 militants, including five notorious commanders, were killed in clashes in the Warduj district of northeastern Badakhshan province, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said Tuesday.
In a brazen move, militant groups staged attacks on police check-posts in Pash, Bashand, Maktab, Zao and Sufyan villages and faced with stiff resistance by the security forces, a statement released by the MoI said.
Intense clashes left 35 insurgents, including their commanders Maulvi Hassan Atta, Maulvi Ibadullah, Qari Painda and Humayun and two others commanders, dead, the statement added.
But Taliban Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed capturing 12 posts by the fighters in Bashand district. He said 32 policemen had been killed, 19 wounded and 17 others captured during the gun battle. Also, he acknowledged two Taliban had been killed and five others wounded.
Earlier, corpses of 18 border policemen had been evacuated to different hospitals of Badakhshan from where they were shifted to their hometowns through helicopters.
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