Afghan forces, Taliban claim inflicting casualties on each other
SHARANA (Pajhwok): A clash between security forces and Taliban militants in the Ziruk district of southeastern Paktika province entered a second day on Wednesday, with each side claiming to have inflicted casualties on the other.
Paktika deputy police chief Col. Abdul Rauf Massoud told Pajhwok Afghan News the clash that erupted a day earlier was still ongoing.
He said more than 20 Taliban militants had so far been killed and another 15 wounded during the clash.
He said additional forces had reached the scene and the clash would come to an end soon. Massoud said security forces had so far suffered no casualties.
The district chief, Juma Khan, told Pajhwok Afghan News the Taliban had been mounting attacks on security posts since yesterday.
He said dozens of insurgents had been killed and wounded during the clash, but exact figures were not known.
He said one Afghan National Army soldier was killed and three others wounded during the fighting.
The Taliban also confirmed the clash, with the group spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claiming the fighters had besieged the district centre since yesterday and a clash was underway.
He said the fighters had so far captured one security post and had killed eight police and injured five others.
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