Security personnel surround insurgents in Nawa district
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Local officials on Sunday said Taliban militants, after launching attacks on security posts, had been surrounded by Afghan forces in the Nawa district of southern Helmand province.
District police chief, Col. Ahmad Shah Salim, told Pajhwok Afghan Newshundreds of insurgents conducted coordinated attacks on several security posts in Nawa on Saturday night.
He said the attackers encircled in Hasrabad area would be either arrested or killed.The Taliban would not be able to achieve anything, because most of residents supported the government, he added.
The Taliban have not yet commented about the attacks in Nawa, but the group’s spokesman, Qari Yousaf Ahmadi, claimed two security posts had been captured and 10 security personnel killed by fighters in the Laki area of Garmser district.
Clashes between Afghan forces and Taliban recently surged in Lashkargah, the capital of Helmand, and a number of districts. As a result, both sides suffered heavy casualties.
According to another report, an Afghan Local Police (ALP) commander was killed during a clash in eastern Laghman province, the governor’s spokesman, Sarhadi Zwak, told Pajhwok.
The ALP commander, Sayed Ahmad, was killed in the Hakimabad area of Mahtarlam, the capital of the province, on Saturday evening. Zwak did not provide more details about the incident.
However, a resident of the area, Niamatullah, said the ALP commander was killed and his two bodyguards were wounded. Ahmad led a thousand-strong ALP force and had an important role in fighting against Taliban.
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