Woman, 3 children among 19 killed in Kunar clash
ASADABAD (Pajhwok): A woman and her three children were killed in a rocket strike during a clash between Taliban militants and security forces, in which 14 rebels and one Afghan soldier were killed in eastern Kunar province on Saturday, an official said.
Kunar police chief Brig. Gen. Abdul Habib Syedkhel told Pajhwok Afghan News nearly 500 Taliban fighters stormed several security posts in Chapa Dara and Manogi districts early in the morning.
A woman and her three children were killed and eight others were wounded when a Taliban-fired rocket hit their house in Galsalak area of Chapa Dara district. Eight shops and four houses were torched in the incident.
The police chief said 14 rebels were killed and 23 others wounded during the clash with security personnel.
An Afghan soldier was also killed and four others wounded during the clash, he acknowledged, saying the fight was still underway and reinforcements had arrived at the scene.
Eight injured civilians and eight security personnel were brought to the hospital where a woman died of her serious wounds, the Civil Hospital chief, Dr. Asadullah Fazli, said, adding the rest of the injured were in stable condition.
A rocket fired by insurgents hit his brother’s house, killing his brother’s wife and their three sons, Attaulllah, who brought the victims to the civil hospital, said.
His newly constructed house was destroyed in the attack, a lecturer at Laghman University Abdul Manan Safi said, adding his family was not living in the house.
However, a Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said dozens of Afghan security personnel suffered casualties in the attacks and the fighters seized several military vehicles, weapons and ammunition.
He also acknowledged the death of four fighters and injuring to eight others.
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