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Clashes erupt in Wardak; Kabul-Ghazni highway closed

Clashes erupt in Wardak; Kabul-Ghazni highway closed

Oct 16, 2015 - 17:00

MAIDAN SHAHR (Pajhwok): Security officials and Talibaninfo-icon claimed inflicting casualties on each other during a clash in the central province of Maidan Wardakon Friday.

The fighters blocked the Kabulinfo-icon-Ghazni highway in Shahtaro and Sara Kala areas of Syedabad district on Friday noon but the security personnel reopened the road within 30 minutes, the gubernatorial spokesman said.

An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier and two Taliban fighters were killed and five other militants wounded in the gunbattle, the spokesman said, adding the rebels had left behind the bodies of their associates.

The insurgents also opened fire on public transport vehicles, killing two civilians and injuring nine others, he said.

But a resident of the area said on condition of anonymity the Taliban attacked Afghan National Army (ANA) checkpoints in Shahtaro, Sultankhel and other areas on Thursday night. Afterclashes, the Kabul-Ghazni highway remained closed until 2pm.

However, he had no information about the casualties, saying one civilian was killed and several others were wounded as a result of firings by ANA troops.

Meanwhile, the Taliban claimed attacking a military checkpoint and a supply convoy in the Mangalyo area of Syedabad district. A military vehicle was destroyed and heavy casualties were inflictedon the soldiers.



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