30 insurgents killed in overnight Helmand clashes
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Police on Sunday claimed at least 30 Taliban insurgents have been killed in various parts of southern Helmand province, including its capital Lashkargah.
Police chief Brig. Gen. Aqa Noor Kintoz told a press conference here that insurgents stormed a security check-post in Nawa district last night.
He said the security forces returned fire, killing eight insurgents and injuring several others.
“Security forces brought with them two bodies of insurgents and their weapons and the remaining bodies of insurgents took away by their comrades.”
Nawa district police chief Lt. Col. Ahmad Shah Salim confirmed the clash to Pajhwok Afghan News: “The rebels carried out the attack last night, but they were frustrated because we have constructed highly-shielded security check posts here.”
Kintoz said insurgents the same night also attacked some security posts in Marja district and Lashkargah. At least 20 Taliban insurgents were killed and another 14 wounded in fire exchanges, he added. He said security forces suffered no causalities in both the incidents.
However, a police source in Nawa district told Pajhwok that a policeman was wounded during the clash in the district.
The Taliban on their website confirmed Saturday’s night clash and said the fighters attacked security posts on the Marja-Laskhargah road in Zaqom area, killing 19 security personnel and captured three checkpoints. Two fighters were also killed.
Helmand is the most insecure province of Afghanistan where currently some areas of Laskhargah and Baghran, Dishu, Nawzad and Musa Qala districts are under Taliban control.
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