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22 Taliban militants killed in Wardak, Uruzgan: MoI

22 Taliban militants killed in Wardak, Uruzgan: MoI

Jun 02, 2015 - 18:09

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Tuesday said 22 Talibaninfo-icon militants were killed and as many wounded during clashes with police in central Maidan Wardak and Uruzgan provinces.

MoI spokesman Sediq Siddique told reporters in Kabul that two notorious drug smugglers were among 165 people arrested over the past 24 hours in connection with drug trade.

He said Taliban insurgents stormed Afghan Local Police (ALP) posts in the Chak district last night and the ensuing clash left 12 attackers dead and 22 others wounded. He said the ALP personnel escaped unhurt.

A resident of the district, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Pajhwok Afghan News the clash took place in the Norkhel area.

He said three dead bodies of Taliban remained in the battlefield and another six militants were said to be killed and some more injured in the clash.

He said the surviving militants took the six dead bodies of their colleagues to a house and the injured to a healthinfo-icon clinic and they were allowing no one to enter the house and the clinic.

The Taliban have so far said nothing about the clash.

The MoI spokesman said 10 Taliban fighters were killed during the past 24 hours in Uruzgan province and a group of suicide bombers had been busted in southeastern Paktika province. The three bombers wanted to target national police posts, he said.

The Taliban said nothing about the killing of their 10 fighters in Uruzgan, but they claimed injuring three security men during an attack in Ambarwan area of Urgun district.

In the same province, the Taliban said they killed three security officials and injured two others before noon on Tuesday in the Sara Roza district.

The MoI spokesman said two most wanted drug smugglers were among 165 people arrested in connection with drug smugglings during the past 24 hours.

During the same period, he said, police confiscated 1300 kilograms of heroin, opium and chars and 6600 litres of alcoholic drinks.

Siddique said a campaign against tinted car windows has been ongoing over the past two weeks in Kabul and a number of provinces and so far black foil of 974 vehicles have been removed.



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