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8 security men killed in Laghman, Paktia

8 security men killed in Laghman, Paktia

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Apr 29, 2014 - 11:31

MEHTARLAM (Pajhwok): At least five Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers and three Afghan Local Police (ALP) members have been killed in separate security incidents in southeastern Paktia and eastern Laghman provinces, officials said on Tuesday.

Three ALP members were killed and a fourth wounded last night when militants stormed a security post in the Basram area of Alingar district, the governor’s spokesman, Sarhadi Zwak, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Militants also suffered casualties in the clash, he said, without giving any figures.

Elsewhere, five ANA soldiers were killed during another firefight in Paktia province. Ministry of Defense spokesman Gen. Zahir Azimi said the incident took place in Dand-i-Patan district.

He added around 500 militants were involved in the clash but ANA forces repulsed the attack. Five soldiers were killed and a fifth has been missing.

A day earlier, local officials claimed around 50 militants had been killed in a clash with Afghan security forces in Paktia.

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