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Civilian, 4 militants killed in Helmand unrest

Civilian, 4 militants killed in Helmand unrest

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Dec 21, 2011 - 14:27

LASHKARGAH (PANinfo-icon): Four Talibaninfo-icon militants were killed in a clash with police in southern Helmand province, where a civilian lost his life in a roadside bombing, an official said on Wednesday.

The four fighters were killed when police ambushed them in the Deh Adam Khan area, governor's spokesman Daud Ahmadi told Pajhwok Afghan News. .

A car, two bombs and a Kalashnikov were recovered from the militants, while police suffered no casualties, he said.

Meanwhile, a driver was killed when his Mazda vehicle hit a Taliban-planed roadside bomb planted in Spin Jumat area of Grishk district on Tuesday, the governor's spokesman said.

A Taliban spokesman, Qari Yusuf Ahmadi, claimed the fighters killed eight policemen in the Nahr-i-Siraj Popalzai area of the district on Tuesday night.

However, he said nothing about the blast that killed the driver.

An official at the Helmand police headquarters, Col. Mohammad Esmael Hotak, rejected the Taliban claim that they had killed eight policemen, saying there was a clash between the two sides, but there were no casualties.

He acknowledged that a police vehicle was blown up the same area on Wednesday, leaving a policemen injured.

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