20 Taliban militants dead in Logar clashes
PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): At least 20 Taliban militants and three security personnel were killed when Taliban fighters raided three police check posts in central Logar province, officials said on Wednesday.
Brig Gen Abdulhakim Ishaaqzai, police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News local and foreign Taliban rebels raided the check posts in Pul-i-Alam, Baraki Barak and Qila Madad districts.
The group also staged coordinated group attacks on Sarkh and Kharwar district head-quarters, he added.
The security forces strongly retaliated, killing 20 militants and wounding 16 others, he said, adding that the security forces seized a car and huge cache of arms and ammunition.
Two policemen and a soldier of Afghan National Army were killed and five others wounded in the fight, the police chief said.
Najib Ahmad, resident in Sarkh district, said the fight between security forces and Taliban militants erupted at 3am midnight and lasted till morning. The civilians remained safe in the gun battle but several families suffered financial losses, he added.
Zabihullah Mujahid, Taliban spokesperson, confirmed last night gun battle and said heavy casualties inflicted to security forces. He avoided sharing casualties about Taliban militants.
Meanwhile, Hikmatullah, a driver, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Taliban militants had blocked the main Kabul-Gardez highway since early morning. “Taliban militants check every passenger, taking away some with them,” he said.
Police chief Ashaaqzai also confirmed Hikmatullah’s statement. Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers had presence in the area and it was their duty to take Taliban militants out of the area, he added.
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