Baghlan: 3 commanders killed in Taliban-HIA clash
PUL-I-KHUMRI/FEROZKOH (Pajhwok): Two Taliban and one Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) commanders were killed during a clash between the two rival groups in northern Baghlan province, officials said on Tuesday.
Gauhar Khan Babari, the Baghlan-i-Markazi district chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News the clash erupted in Torani area of the district at 11pm last night and lasted at 2am.
Babari said two Taliban commanders, Sameer and Palawan, and one HIA commander Mohammad Kabir were killed and a third Taliban fighter was wounded in the firefight.
He said the clash resulted from differences over the collection of usher and zakat from residents.
Qurban, a resident of the area, said both Taliban and HIA men annually visited their village during every crop harvest days to collect the alms.
He said there was no police check-post in their area and urged the government to build a military base to keep the rebels away from the area and enable people to live in a safe environment.
Neither the Taliban nor the HIA has so far commented on the incident.
Elsewhere, a policeman was killed after Taliban militants attacked their check post in the Tolak district of western Ghor province, the provincial police chief said.
Another four policemen were injured in the attack that took place near the district police headquarters, Brig. Gen. Ghulam Mustafa Muhseni added.
The Taliban have said nothing about the attack in Tolak, but they had claimed in their website blowing up a tank and killing and wounding the crew in Dolina district.
A day earlier, local officials had said 25 rebels were killed and 13 others wounded in an airstrike in the Pasaband district of the province.
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