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Conflicting casualty claims about Greshk clash

Conflicting casualty claims about Greshk clash

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Aug 02, 2013 - 15:58

LASHKARGAH (PANinfo-icon): Amid conflicting reports, officials said 13 Talibaninfo-icon were killed or injured in the Greshk district of southern Helmand province.

But militants, rejecting official claim, said eight government forces’ personnel were killed during a gunbattle in the restive town.

Col. Hikmatullah Haqmal, the district police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News they launched an offensive in Zambeli and Mairmand areas the other day.

During the operation, he said three militants were killed and 10 others injured. He also acknowledged the loss of three Afghan National Army (ANA) personnel. Ten landmines planted by the insurgents were defused, he added.

But Taliban spokesman Qari Muhammad Yousaf Ahmadi said eight Afghan soldiers were killed and two of their vehicles damaged in the Zambeli locality.  

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