3 rebels dead in clash; 9 policemen taken hostage
BAMYAN/PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): Three Taliban commanders were killed in clash with security forces in central Bamyan province while nine policemen were taken hostage in northern Baghlan province by insurgents, officials said on Tuesday.
Abdul Rahman Ahmadi, spokesman for the Bamyan governor, said well-armed militants launched coordinated attack on police check posts in Ashpeshta locality of Koh Mard district early Tuesday morning.
Taliban have suffered heavy casualties, he said. He however, had no exact details into fatalities. He told Pajhwok Afghan News the firefight lasted till 9:00 am this morning and the gun battle left three guards of military unit of coal project wounded.
Abdul Hadi Saighani, Koh Mard district chief, said dozens of militants stormed police check post from different parts of Tala and Barfak districts of northern Baghlan province but security forces repulsed the attack.
But Taliban on their website claimed killing six policemen and seizing two police check posts. Three policemen, Taliban said were detained after the firefight was over.
Separately, in Larkhabi locality of Baghlan-e-Markazi district of Baghlan province, nine policemen were taken hostage by militants.
Col. Abdul Basher Rashid, acting police chief of the province, said that efforts had been geared up to ensure safe release of the kidnapped police personnel.
Mohammad Akbar, local police chief in the locality, said his men visited Baghlan-e- Markazi to get weapons but militants abducted nine policemen following a brief clash.
Meanwhile, three other local policemen were taken hostage by Taliban in Tawkam village of Baghlan-e-Markazi district last.
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