A dozen rebels eliminated in Helmand clash: Governor
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): At least 12 militants have been killed and seven others wounded during a clash in the Greshk district of southern Helmand province, an senior official claimed on Tuesday.
Governor Mirza Khan Rahimi told Pajhwok Afghan News the insurgents suffered the casualties on Monday night when they stormed security checkpoints in the province.
Afghan forces also seized three Kalashnikovs and a walkie-talkie from the rebels, he said. “The security personnel have stepped up operations and several areas have been cleared,” he added.
Col. Abdul Sattar Noorzai, police commander for the Helmand-Kandahar highway, confirmed clashes between the Taliban and security forces in Greshk. The security forces suffered no casualties, he said.
However, Mohammad Naeem, a resident of Greshk district, said both sides had suffered casualties in the overnight clash. He had no more details about the incident.
The Taliban, without commenting on the firefights, claimed inflicting casualties on several Afghan forces in the provincial capital and Nad Ali and Marja districts.
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