5 ANA soldiers, 14 rebels killed in fresh violence
GHAZNI CITY/MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Fourteen Taliban insurgents and five Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have been killed during clashes in southern Ghazni and northern Balkh provinces, the military and the Interior Ministry said on Wednesday.
The Afghan National Army’s 203rd Thunder Corps said in a statement nearly a dozen militants were killed and eight others wounded during a joint search operation by the army, police and local uprising members in the Andar district of Ghazni on Tuesday.
The Taliban managed to carry away the dead bodies of their 10 colleagues from the battlefield, while security forces seized a huge quantity of ammunitions and the dead body of a Taliban fighter, the statement said.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) in said five ANA soldiers were killed during operations and blasts. The statement from the ministry offered no further details.
In northern Balkh province, provincial police spokesman Sher Jan Durrani said three Taliban militants, including a prominent commander, were killed in a fight with Afghan Local Police (ALP) in Chamtal district.
Zabihulah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesperson, claimed several policemen had been killed during the clash that left two fighters dead.
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