Shindand fight ends with killing of 23 rebels
PUL-I-ALAM/HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): At least 26 rebels and three policemen have been killed during separate security incidents in central Logar and western Herat provinces, officials said Thursday.
Logar police chief Brig. Gen. Abdul Hakim Ishaqzai told Pajhwok Afghan News three insurgents 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’ launched assault, he said. A policeman was also killed and another wounded in the incident.
Azizullah, a resident of the locality, said the firefight between rebels and police began around 4: 00 am early this morning and lasted one hour.
He, however, had no details into casualties but said Afghan air force took part in the operation.
Elsewhere, militants stormed several security posts in Herat province this morning.
Police spokesman Abdul Rauf Ahmadi said the attacks on security posts started early this morning and continued for two hours. Police suffered no casualties but nine rebels were killed in retaliatory attack, he added.
Some weapons and ammunitions were also seized from the fighters, Ahmadi said.
Herat governor’s spokesman Ehsanullah Hayyat said insurgents targeted security posts in Maldar, Chawk, Zaghali and Arg areas of Shindand district.
He said that 23 rebel fighters were killed and three others wounded during the seven hours long clashes.
Hayyat said two Afghan Local Police (ALP) members were killed in Kashk-i-Kahna district last night.
He did not provide more details about the incident but said that an investigation into the case was underway.
Taliban did not comment on the incidents so far.
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