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1 Afghan soldier killed, 3 injured in Sarobi clash

1 Afghan soldier killed, 3 injured in Sarobi clash

Sep 14, 2011 - 15:25

JALALABAD (PANinfo-icon): One Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier was killed and three others were injured following a militant attack on the Kabulinfo-icon-Jalalabad highway, officials said on Wednesday.

The clash happened at about 7am in the Orikhmim Tangi area of Sarobi district, Col. Shakoor Khan, the highway police commander, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Police backed ANA soldiers during the clash, he said, adding the troops suffered casualties. However, he did not give an exact figure. The highway was blocked during the gunbattle.

Maj. Noman Hatafi, the 201st Selab Military Corps spokesmen, confirmed the killing of one soldier and injuries to three others, who were evacuated to hospital. Their condition is reported to be stable.

Hatafi added the militants, who came from a nearby mountain, assaulted the soldiers guarding the highway.  

As usual, the Talibaninfo-icon claimed responsibility for the attack. Their spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said five soldiers were killed and six others injured. An army tank and a fuel tanker were torched, he added.

Elsewhere in the country, a government official was shot dead by his cousin in Nad Ali district of Helmand province, said Habibullah Shamlani, the district chief.

Mehr Dil, in charge of district community affairs, was gunned down late on Tuesday in the Bolan area, Shamlani said, linking the incident to a land dispute.

Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman, claimed responsibility for the assassination, but the district chief ruled out rebels' involvement.

mrh /mud

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