8 Afghan soldiers, 4 insurgents dead in battles
MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Eight Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers and four militants have been killed in separate security incidents in different provinces, security officials said on Monday.
Four fighters were killed and eight others woodened during an operation in the Pashtun Kot district of northern Faryab province, commander of the 209th Shaheen Military Corps, Gen. Sakhi Dad Kiptan, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
The Taliban had established checkpoints in the Kata Qala, Nadirabad and Khesht Pul areas of Pashtun Kot district. The rebels extorted money from people and vehicles in the areas, which have now been cleared of Taliban.
An anti-Taliban commander, Abdul Rahman Shamal, said a group leader of the uprising, Rahim, an ANA soldier and a civilian were also wounded in the operations.
But Qari Wakil, introducing himself as Taliban’s local commander, claimed they had killed two Afghan soldiers, injured four others and destroyed a military vehicle.
Meanwhile, five soldiers were killed as Taliban attacked their checkpoint in the Lakhshak area of the Dilaram district of southwestern Nimroz province, a security official said on condition of anonymity.
A Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, said they had killed seven ANA soldiers and captured an eighth one.
Meanwhile, a statement from the Ministry of Defence said that eight ANA personnel have been killed over the past 24 hours in the Nangarhar, Faryab, Kunduz, Kandahar and Ghazni provinces.
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