5 militants killed, 14 wounded in Baghlan battle
PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): Five militants were killed and another 24, including civilians, a shadow district chief, were wounded during an intense firefight with security forces on Tuesday morning near the capital of northern Baghlan province, an official said.
The clash on the outskirts of Pul-i-Khumri broke out after Taliban insurgents stormed a police check-post in the area, said police spokesman Zabihullah Shuja.
He told Pajhwok Afghan News at least three policemen sustained injuries during the clash that left five militants dead and 14 others wounded.
The dead militants included a commander, Mullah Mangal, and a shadow district chief, Mullah Majeed, was among the wounded, he added.
Deputy public health director Dr. Abdul Aleem Ghafari said eight wounded soldiers and two civilians had been brought to the civil hospital.
Omar Khan, an elder in Safaid Dhand Ghuri area, the scene of the clash, said the gun-battle that started in the morning continued till evening.
He said several Taliban militants had been wounded. The clash destroyed two bridges, blocking the road between Dhand Ghuri and Pul-i-Khumri, he said.
The elder said the clashes had been taking place in four areas forcing residents to stay indoors.
Taliban’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said nothing about the two bridges, but claimed three military compounds had been besieged by the fighters.
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