Security personnel among 57 dead in Paktika battles
SHARAN (Pajhwok): Fifty-one insurgents and six Afghan security personnel have been killed and 80 militants wounded during a two-day operation in the southeastern province of Paktika, officials claimed on Wednesday.
The Taliban fighters attacked police checkpoints late on Tuesday, capturing six police checkpoints in the Goshta area of Wazikhwa district.
Up to 51 fighters were killed and 80 others wounded in two days of operations aimed to recapture the security posts, where the Taliban left behind the dead bodies of 30 associates, said the provincial police chief.
Major. Gen. Ali Mast Momand told Pajhwok Afghan News security forces had defused 57 roadside bombs. Four policemen and two Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were also killed and a dozen other policemen sustained.
A resident of Wazikhwa district, Abdul Ghani, asked the government to reestablish police checkpoints in the area; otherwise it emerge as an important rebel hideout.
Foreign insurgents were also among the dead, said a resident of the area, who wanted to go unnamed. However, he stopped short of giving the foreigners’ nationalities.
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