3 ALP personnel among 23 killed in Deh Yak battle
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): At least 20 militants and three Afghan Local Police (ALP) personnel have been killed during a clash in the Deh Yak district of southern Ghazni province, an official said on Tuesday.
Deh Yak district’s administrative chief Karimullah Amiri told Pajhwok Afghan News the insurgents stormed a number of police posts in Rubat area late on Monday.
At least 20 militants and three ALP members were killed and 18 rebels and three policemen injured during the firefight that lasted three hours, the official said.
“Around 300 rebels launched attacks on security posts, but Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers helped ALP members push back the Taliban back,” he added.
Civilians suffered no casualties during the clash, he insisted. However, a resident of the area, Hazrat Mohammad, said the Taliban launched attacks on security forces at 1pm Monday and fighting continued till late night.
“When the Taliban arrived, they warned people not to come out of their homes because they wanted to fight against security forces,” he said.
Mohammad Anwar, an ANA soldier who took part in the lash, said: “Hundreds of rebels attacked the security posts, but were beaten back.” However, he did not say anything about casualties.
A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed 12 security personnel were killed and 16 others wounded in the coordinated attacks.
He said some ammunition and weapons were also seized by the Taliban during the clash that continued till 9pm. He confirmed the death of three rebels and injuries to eight others.
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