8 security personnel among 17 killed in Kunduz clashes
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): At least nine militants and eight security personnel have been killed during separate incidents in northeastern Kunduz province, an official said Tuesday.
Gen. Mohiuddin Ghori, commander for 20th Pamir Battalion in the northeastern zone, told Pajhwok Afghan News the rebels were killed during a clash in Dasht-i-Archi district of the province on Monday.
He said another 13 insurgents were wounded in the fighting that also left three Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers and five Afghan Local Police (ALP) personnel dead. Civilians suffered no casualties.
However, resident Ferozclaimed two houses in the area had been damaged as a result of rocket strikes and 20 families displaced by the gunbattles.
“Our area is very insecure and we want the government to leave it to Taliban or completely eliminate the fighters to let us heave a sigh of relief,” he said.
Elsewhere in the province, five ALP men were killed in an internal attack in Darguzar area on the outskirts of Kunduz City, the capital of the province, on Monday night.
Lt. Gen. Sher Aziz Kamawal, commander of the 808th Spinzar Zone, said one of ALP members with links to the Taliban killed his five colleagues joining the insurgents.
Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, also claimed five ALP service members were killed and as many others wounded. A Ranger pick-up was destroyed during the clash in Darguzar area.
He said one militant was also killed and another wounded.However, Kamawal denied clashes with rebels in the area.
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