Conflicting views about casualties in Kunar clashes
ASADABAD (Pajhwok): Local officials have divided regarding exact figure into casualties during militants’ attacks on Afghan National Army (ANA) military bases in Marawara district of eastern Kunar province.
On Tuesday morning, hundreds of militants stormed ANA bases in Marawara district and the fight lasted till midnight.
Kunar Police Chief Brig. Gen. Abdul Habib Sayedkhail on Tuesday told Pajhwok Afghan News that 14 militants were killed and 17 others wounded during the clashes.
He also confirmed the death of six ANA soldiers and seven civilians. But a statement from the 201st Silab Military Corps received by Pajhwok Afghan News claimed 22 rebels were killed and 52 others wounded in Marawara fight.
It said that Pakistani military personnel identified as Omar was also among the dead.
The statement confirmed the loss of only three ANA soldiers in the conflict. On the other hand, Kunar Governor Wahidullah Kalimzai said that 12 insurgents were killed and 26 others injured in clashes in Marawara. He added that five soldiers were also killed and six others wounded.
However, a Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed killing 10 ANA soldiers in attacks on Kunar governor’s house and some security posts on Tuesday.
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