Security officials among 17 dead in clashes
ZARANJ/QALA-I-NAW/KABUL (Pajhwok): Eight security officials and nine Taliban fighters, including a notorious commander, have been killed and as many rebels wounded in clashes in different parts of the country, officials said on Thursday.
Five Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed in a clash in southwestern Nimroz province, Police Chief Brig. Gen. Mohammad Qasim Jangal Bagh said.
He said ANA soldiers were on a routine patrol on the Zaranj-Dilaram road in the Pushta locality of Khasrud district when they came under rebels’ ambush.
Separately, a dreaded Taliban Commander Mullah Sardar was killed in a raid conducted by commandos in the border area between Farah and Nimroz provinces.
Jangal Bagh said the slain commander was involved in attacks on security forces on Zaranj- Dilaram road.
Elsewhere, an official of the Public Order Police and an insurgent were killed and four others wounded during a clash on Qala-i-Naw-Herat highway in western Badghis province.
Col. Amir Shah Naibzada, senior official of the public order police, confirmed the incident and said a policeman was killed and two others injured when rebel stormed their check post.
Separately, in central Logar province, rebels mounted attack on the Charkh district centre, Khalilullah Kamal, the town’s administrative chief told Pajhwok Afghan News, He added the attack took place Wednesday night at around 7:00 pm.
A number of foreign and local insurgents have infiltrated in the district and staged attacks regularly, he added.
Din Mohammad Darwish, the governor’s spokesman, also confirmed the incident. Mohibullah, the resident of the locality, said the clash lasted two hours.
Both sides used light and heavy weapons, he said, adding that a mortar hit a house in the main district bazaar, which left two persons wounded.
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