16 Taliban militants killed in Ghazni’s Andar incidents
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Sixteen Taliban militants have been killed in two separate incidents of violence in the Andar district of southern Ghazni province, officials said on Wednesday.
Half a dozen insurgents, including a commander Mullah Qadar, were killed when the explosives they carried along to a mosque in Alizai area went off prematurely, Ghazni police spokesman Fahim Amiri told Pajhwok Afghan News. “The Taliban were sitting in the mosque when the landmine went off,” he said.
In the same district, Taliban militants stormed security posts last night in Nani area, sparking a gun-battle with the 203 Thunder Military Corps, said Mohammad Hanif Razai, the corps spokesman in Ghazni.
He said 10 Taliban attackers, including a commander Mullah Yousaf, were killed while the security forces suffered no casualties.
A resident of Nani area, Izzatullah, told Pajhwok Afghan News a fierce clash had been ongoing at night in their area, with both the sides suffering casualties. But he had no figures.
The Taliban also confirmed the clash in Nani area. The group’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said there were clashes between security forces and insurgents in the Andar district. He claimed 18 security personnel were killed and several others wounded during the clashes.
He said the fighters confiscated a large number of weapons and only one fighter was killed. But security officials rejected Mujahid’s claim.
As a result of the periodic clashes, the road between Andar and Ghazni City, the provincial capital, has been closed for traffic.
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