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27 rebels eliminated in Sangin, officials claim

27 rebels eliminated in Sangin, officials claim

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Sep 18, 2013 - 11:53

LASHKARGAH (PANinfo-icon): Officials in southern Helmand province say 27 fighters have been killed in Tuesday’s fighting in Sangin district, but the Talibaninfo-icon reject the claim as baseless.

Security forces regained control of Garmab and Pozaki areas as a result of the operation, but the insurgents were still putting up resistance, the governor’s spokesman said.

Omar Zwak told Pajhwok Afghan News most of the militants were killed by their own explosive devices. The rebels’ bodies were still lying at the scene, he added.

But Lal Ahmadi, the provincial chief executive, put the insurgents’ fatalities at 40. He said the guerrillas, while fleeing, were blown up by the mines they had planted in the area. 

He said Mullahinfo-icon Akhtar Mohammad, a bomb-making expert from Musa Qala district, and four of his associates were among the dead.

On the other hand, Taliban spokesman Qari Yousaf Ahmadi claimed the fighters had inflicted high casualties on security personnel in Musa Qala, Nawzad and Nad Ali districts.

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