16 people killed & wounded in separate incidents
KABUL (Pajhwok): Eight people, including four civilians, have been killed and as many injured during different incidents in Maidan Wardak, Herat and Badghis provinces, officials said on Wednesday.
Two civilians were killed by Taliban insurgents on the accusation that they spied for the government in the Karukh district of western Herat province on Tuesday evening, the district police chief said.
Col. Sher Agha said one of the victims was a teacher and their bodies had been released to their families from the district hospital. He insisted the slain persons had no connection with any party to the conflict and were innocent.
In the same district, insurgents killed nearly a dozen Afghan soldiers few days ago.
Separately, a Taliban militant was killed in a blast caused by his own bomb in the Jaghtu district of central Maidan Wardak province on Wednesday morning, the governor’s spokesman told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Later, a Taliban group leader, Mullah Nasir, arrived in the area to collect the remains of the dead militant, but Afghan National Army troops engaged him in a gun-battle and killed him. Attaullah Khogyani said one ANA soldier was killed and an officer injured during the clash.
In northwestern Badghis province, a policeman was killed and three civilians injured during an attack by armed militants in the Qadis district on Wednesday noon, the town’s administrative head said.
Saleh Mohammad Baig told Pajhwok Afghan News the insurgents attacked a police check post in the district’s Gulchan area, causing the casualties. He said civilians suffered casualties because the security post was situated near residential homes.
Similarly, four people have been injured during separate incidents in northern Faryab province.
Faryab police spokesman Syed Massoud Yaqubi said Taliban gunmen opened fire at a civilian vehicle on the main road in Gorzada area, injuring two persons on Wednesday morning.
Separately, two people were injured when security personnel opened fire at a vehicle fleeing a search near the provincial capital, Maimama.
Saleh Mohammad, who was injured in the firing incident, said ANA troops were searching for unregistered vehicles when a car attempted to flee and the troops opened fire at the car.
“I was working in the area with four other men when a bullet hit me and another bullet pierced through a second person.”
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