‘Heavy casualties’ as Afghan forces, Taliban clash in Helmand
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Security forces and Taliban militants on Saturday reported suffering heavy casualties during clashes various districts of southern Helmand province.
Nad Ali district police chief Lt. Col. Omar Jan Haqmal told Pajhwok Afghan News militants stormed security posts in Naqalabad area of the district on Friday night.
In the ensuing clash, he said, both the sides suffered casualties, but provided no exact figures.
The governor’s spokesman, Omar Zwak, also confirmed the clash but had no information about casualties.
However, a local security official, wishing not to be named, said a police commander Zahir Khan was killed along with three other policemen in the firefight.
The source said the clash stretched into Sunday morning and the attackers also suffered casualties.
Bilal Ahmad, a resident of Naqalabad area, said four policemen were killed and their two ranger pick-ups were destroyed by militants in the attack.
A Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi claimed Afghan forces sustained heavy casualties in the attacks in Nad Ali district and Lashkargah, the provincial capital.
Elsewhere in the province, 52 militants were killed and 41 others injured during clashes with security forces in the troubled Sangin and Marja districts last night.
Maiwand Military Corps spokesman, Lt. Col. Rasul Zazai, said the Afghan forces had NATO air suppor during the operation. He said two Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were also injured.
However, the Taliban said nothing about their the clashes in Sangin and Marja districts.
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