13 rebels killed in Paktika clash; border skirmish ongoing
SHARANA (Pajhwok): Security officials on Sunday claimed killing more than a dozen Taliban militants during a clash in Waza Khwa district of southeastern Paktika province.
Deputy provincial police chief Col. Nisar Ahmad Abdul Rahimzai told Pajhwok Afghan News the clash between security forces and Taliban militants erupted in the morning. He said 13 militants were killed and several others wounded.
Three motorcycles, one car and a number of weapons and ammunition were recovered from the dead militants, he said, claiming that security forces and civilians escaped unhurt during the firefight.
Rahimzai also said another four suspected militants were detained along with three AK-47 assault rifles, two rocket launchers and some explosives in the provincial capital, Sharana.
The Taliban have so far said nothing about the clash in Waza Khwa and the detention of their comrades in Sharana, but the group’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the fighters had laid siege to the Waza Khwa district centre.
A security official told Pajhwok Afghan News a clash between Afghan border forces and Pakistani paramilitary forces was underway in the Angoor Ada area in Barmal district. He had no information about any casualties in the latest border skirmish.
Waza Khawa residents told Pajhwok Afghan News that clashes between security forces and Taliban militants were underway over the past 20 days, creating numerous problems for local residents.
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