3 ANA soldiers martyred, 4 wounded in Taliban assault
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Three Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have been killed and four others wounded in Taliban attacks, an official said on Friday.
However, the insurgents claimed killing a large number of troops and capturing an entire battalion as a result of assaults in the Maiwand district of the province.
Samim Khpalwak, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News a large number of fighters assaulted ANA checkpoints in Chashma area of the district last night.
In the ensuing battle, lasting several hours, three soldiers were killed and four others injured, he said, adding several Taliban were also killed. However, he had no specific figure.
On the other hand, Taliban spokesman Qari Yousaf Ahmadi the fighters had killed dozens of soldiers in the four-hour battle. The bodies of 21 soldiers were still lying at the site, he said.
Ahmadi added one entire battalion was captured, as the attackers seized a tank, five other vehicles and weapons. But officials rejected the Taliban claim as groundless.
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