15 rebels killed in Logar; 5 civilians kidnapped in Kunar
PUL-I-ALAM/ASADABAD (Pajhwok): Officials on Monday said 15 Taliban militants have been killed in central Logar province, while insurgents abducted five civilians in eastern Kunar province.
The Logar governor’s spokesman, Salim Saleh, told Pajhwok Afghan News the clash that left 15 Taliban dead took place last night in Mohammad Agha district’s Surkhab area.
He said several other rebels were injured during the clash. The dead militants included five local commanders namely Mullah Sar Gul, Mullah Pacha, Qari Jalil, Mullah Qayum and Qari Hilal.
One rocket launcher, one machinegun and four AK-47 assault rifles were confiscated from the dead rebels, Saleh said, adding one pick up vehicle and one car belonging to the Taliban were destroyed during the overnight clash.
A resident of the area, Sibghatullah, told Pajhwok Afghan News: “We spent a sleepless night because there was war in the village and aircrafts were dropping bombs.”
He said 14 Taliban fighters had been killed during the night time clash. To a question, the resident said he saw the Taliban offering funeral prayers for 14 dead people. “Taliban from other areas have arrived here and they openly operate.”
Elsewhere, Taliban militants kidnapped five civilians from Sher Ghasho area of Ghaziabad district in Kunar province.
Kunar deputy police chief Col. Syed Maqsud Pacha said the civilians were traveling in a vehicle when they were captured and taken to an unknown location by the insurgents.
The police official said efforts were underway to find and recover the civilians.
The Taliban have not yet commented on the said incidents, but their spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid in his Twitter page had claimed the fighters killed six security personnel during an attack in Pul-i-Alam, the capital of Logar province.
Local officials have said nothing about the killing of six security men by the insurgents.
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