30 killed as clashes in Helmand continue
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): At least 20 militants and 10 policemen were killed on Sunday when militants attacked security posts in Nad Ali district of southern Helmand province, an official said.
The official at the district administration, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told Pajhwok Afghan News the militants attacked security posts in Loymanda, Gharbi-31, Chah Anjeer and Kufki areas of the district in the morning.
He said 10 policemen were killed in the firefight that was underway as of 11am. The insurgents also captured two police and two Afghan National Army (ANA) posts, he added, warning that the fight would reach Lashkarhag, the provincial capital, if the militants were not defeated.
Kamal Khan, a resident of Loymanda area, said around 300 militants had mounted attacks on security posts there.
He said a number of helicopters also bombarded positions of the militants, but he had no information about casualties.
Helmand police chief Maj. Gen. Nabi Jan Mullah Khail said nothing about police casualties but said 20 rebels had been killed so far during the firefight.
He claimed security forces had recaptured areas seized by militants and the clashes were ongoing.
Lt. Col. Mohammad Rassoul Zazai, the 215th Maiwand Military Corps spokesman, also said 18 rebels were killed in Loymanda area of Nadali district.
A Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said the militants launched attacks on Nad Ali district and Babaji area of Lashkargah City this morning. He claimed security forces suffered heavy casualties.
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