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2 attackers killed, police injured in Kandahar firefight

2 attackers killed, police injured in Kandahar firefight

Dec 08, 2015 - 10:30

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): A firefight in in the capital of southern Kandahar province ended with the killing of two attackers and injuries to as many policemen, an official said.

Two attackers entered the 17th police checkpoint around 7pm and engaged in gunbattle with those manning it for two hours, police spokesman Zia Durrani told Pajhwok Afghan News.

He said both fighters -- equipped with Kalashnikovs and hand grenades -- were killed and two policemen wounded during the clash. Civilians suffered no casualties.

However, a security official, wishing anonymity, said the two fighters and two policemen were killed and another two wounded in the exchange of gunfire.

Mohammad Ibrahim, a resident of the area, said he had just returned home from work when the clash erupted. “I didn’t know what had happened, but laterr we were informed that militants had attacked the police office,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Talibaninfo-icon claimed responsibility for the attack. The group’s spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said tens of policemen had been killed. But security officials rejected the claim as baseless.



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