27 police praised, given away gifts in Farah
FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): A contractor with the Afghan National Army (ANA) and two Taliban fighters were killed during a clash in Bala Buluk district of western Farah province, where 27 police officials were honoured for recovering two tanks from the rebels.
Farah police chief Brig. Gen. Tooryalai Obdiani told Pajhwok Afghan News the ANA’s contractor, Mohammad Qasim, was supplying ration to the ANA troops when he was ambushed by Taliban in Shiwan area and killed.
Two attackers were also killed and another four were wounded when the security forces retaliated, he said.
But a resident of Shiwan area, Mir Hamza, said Qasim, one of his guards, and one Taliban fighter were killed in the incident.
Meanwhile, 27 police officers were praised and distributed appreciation certificates for recovering two of three tanks which had been seized by militants two months ago in Khak-i-Safid district of Farah.
The two tanks were recovered by the police on Sunday night when a group of insurgents attacked a police post on the Farah-Kandahar highway near the provincial capital, Farah City.
The ensuing clash left three attackers and one policeman dead and another nearly a dozen police injured.
On Tuesday, Governor Mohammad Asif Nang distributed appreciation letters among 27 police, including officers, and also recommended five sergeants and two officers for promotion to higher authorities.
The governor also announced he would give half of his three months salaries to families of the five policemen, who were killed in Sunday’s night clash and previously in Khak-i-Safid and Pushtrud districts.
At the gathering, provincial council members and common people presented gifts to the 27 policemen.
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