14 rebels, 3 police killed in clash near Lashkargah
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Three security personnel and 14 Taliban militants were killed during a fierce clash in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, an official said on Sunday.
Police chief Brig. Gen. Abdul Rahman Sarjang told Pajhwok Afghan News Taliban gunmen attacked police check-posts in Babaji locality in the limits of 4th police district last night.
In the ensuing clash, three policemen and 14 attackers were killed and another seven police and 22 Taliban fighters were wounded. He said the clash that erupted about 10pm lasted until 2am.
Sarjang said search operations against militants would be launched soon in areas around Lashkargah.
Officials at the Emergency-run hospital confirmed receiving eight wounded police last night.
The Taliban had established their check posts in five kilometers from Lashkargah in Mokhtar locality, Baz Mohammad, a local resident, said.
“People can’t sleep due to clashes every night. The rebels should be driven from the area,” he said.
Taliban spokesman Qari Yousaf Ahmadi said 15 policemen and one Taliban fighter were killed in the clash and two police posts and some weapons fell into the hands of fighters.
He said the Taliban have been in control of the Babaji area over the past six months.
Besides, the rebels are in full control of four districts --- Baghran, Deshu, Musa Qala and Nawzad.
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