Civilians, police among 23 dead in fresh bout of violence
GHAZNI CITY/LOGAR/HERAT (Pajhwok): At least 18 militants, three civilians and two policemen were killed and four militants wounded in several security incidents in southern Ghazni, central Logar and western provinces, officials said on Thursday.
Shafiq Nang, the spokesman for the Ghazni governor, told Pajhwok Afghan News firefight erupted on Thursday morning between insurgents and security forces. “A women and her husband were killed when they were on their way to hospital and their son was wounded when they stuck in the battle,” he added.
The wounded boy was shifted to hospital in Andar district who was stated to be in stable condition, he added.
Separately, Nang added 13 militants and a policeman were killed and two local policemen and three civilians wounded when militants attacked security check posts in Qarabagh district.
Separately, Logar police chief Brig. Gen. Abdul Hakim Ishaqzai told Pajhwok Afghan News three rebels were killed and four others wounded during a clearing operation launched in Doshanbi area of Pul-i-Alam city, the provincial capital this morning.
The militants took shelter in a house when security forces’ assaulted them, he said. A policeman was also killed and another wounded in the gun battle.
Azizullah, a resident of the locality, said the fight between rebels and police began around 4: 00 am early this morning and lasted one hour.
He was unaware of casualties but said that Afghan air force was called in to target enemy positions.
Elsewhere, militants stormed several security posts in Herat province this morning, police spokesman said.
Abdul Rauf Ahmadi said the attacks on security posts started in the morning and continued for two hours. Police suffered no casualties but two rebels were killed in retaliatory attack, he added.
Some weapons and ammunitions were also seized from fighters, Ahmadi said.
Taliban, however, did not comment on the incidents.
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