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16 rebels killed, 26 wounded in Khost clash

16 rebels killed, 26 wounded in Khost clash

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Jan 22, 2013 - 12:04

KHOST CITY (PANinfo-icon): Sixteen militants were killed and 26 others injured during a clash in the Zazai Maidan district of southeastern Khost province, an official said on Tuesday.

Nearly 500 armed rebels stormed three villages in the Balochan area around 2pm on Monday, police chief, Brig. Gen. Abdul Qayum Baqizoi, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

The rebels sneaked into the area the Pakistani side of the border, according to Gen. Baqizoi, who said residents entered an armed clash with them.

Later, security forces reached the scene and inflicted heavy casualties on the attackers during a gunbattle that ended at 5pm, the police chief added.

He said the bodies of the insurgents were still lying at the scene. The fighters wanted to force their way into the area but the villagers did not allow them. 

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