10 dead as police, Taliban clash near Paktia dam
GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Six Taliban fighters and four police were killed during a clash near Machalgho hydropower and irrigation dam in Ahmadabad district of southeastern Paktia province, an official said on Sunday.
Paktia police chief Brig. Gen. Qader Gul Zadran told Pajhwok Afghan News the clash was triggered by a Taliban attack on a security post guarding the dam. The attack that began at about 3am lasted two hours. Another five policemen and 10 more assailants were wounded during the firefight, he added.
The police chief said the injured police and Taliban had been evacuated to hospital by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) ambulances.
Security forces repulsed the Taliban attack after reinforcements arrived and recaptured the lost check-post, Zadran said.
A Red Crescent employee, who wished anonymity, told Pajhwok Afghan News “we have evacuated six Taliban bodies to hospital”.
He said police and Taliban suffered causalities in the overnight attack, but exact figures were yet to be ascertained.
The Taliban have not yet commented over the incident, but the group claimed a number of Afghan Local Police officials were killed in a landmine explosion in Ahmadabad district.
Construction work on the Machalgho dam in Ahmadabad district was started five years back but had to be delayed due to insecurity.
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