54 Taliban claimed killed in Helmand clashes
LASHKARGAH/GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Security officials on Thursday claimed killing 54 Taliban militants during two separate clashes in southern Helmand province.
Lt. Col. Mohammad Rasool Zazai, the 205th Maiwand Military Corps spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Taliban militants attacked a military camp in Shaheed Mohsin area of Khanshin district on Wednesday night.
In the ensuing clash, he said, at least 50 militants were killed. However, he did not say if the security forces suffered any casualties.
Elsewhere in Helmand, Taliban insurgents and security forces clashed in Zulfiqar post area of Nad Ali district, according to Zazai, who said four insurgents were killed and another three were wounded during the clash.
However, the governor’s spokesman, Omar Zwak, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the firefight in Khanshin district was still ongoing and at least four policemen had been killed and another eight injured so far in the clash. He said the Khanshin district fell to insurgents about two days back.
Separately, a notorious Taliban commander has been detained in southern Ghazni province, the provincial National Directorate of Security office said.
In a statement, the NDS office identified the commander as Qari Khalilur Rahman, who was active on the outskirts of Ghazni City. The detainee is under interrogation.
The Taliban have so far said nothing about the clashes and the arrest of their commander.
Download “Pajhwok” mobile App, on your smartphone to read and access latest news, features, interviews, videos and photos about Afghanistan.