Clashes on, rebels capture border police posts in Paktia
GARDEZ/SHARAN (Pajhwok): Heavy clashes were underway between Taliban militants and Afghan security forces in Dand Patan district of southeastern Paktia province, with both sides suffering casualties, an official said on Monday.
Brig. Gen. Abdul Basir Khpalwak, the 202nd Border Zone police commander, told Pajhwok Afghan News Taliban militants stormed Afghan border police posts in Muqbil Dara area of Dand Patan district last night.
“The firefight is still underway and both sides have suffered casualties,” Khpalwak told Pajhwok shortly after 2pm this afternoon.
However, he did not provide figures for casualties to either side.
But a border police official, who wished to go unnamed, said Taliban militants took control of a police base and a police post in the district.
The militants also captured two policemen and a ranger pick-up, the source said.
A Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed the fighters overran a border police base and their seven posts.
He said 18 policemen were killed, seven wounded and another two arrested. The Taliban destroyed two tanks and seized some ammunition, Mujahid claimed, confirming the killing of only four militants during the clash.
According to another report, nine rebels were killed in Zarghon Shahr and Barmal districts of neighbouring Paktika province.
Paktika governor’s spokesman Nabiullah Pirkhel said seven insurgents were killed during an airstrike of foreign forces in Nakhal area of Barmal district.
Another two rebels were killed during a clash with Afghan Local Police (ALP) personnel in Zarghon Shahr district, he added.
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