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17 insurgents killed in gunbattle, explosion

17 insurgents killed in gunbattle, explosion

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Oct 02, 2014 - 17:49

SHIBERGHAN/KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Seventeen insurgents, including a shadow district chief, were killed and 15 others wounded during a clash and an explosion in northern parts of the country, officials said on Thursday.

Ten rebels were killed and 15 others wounded during a clearing operation by the Afghan National Army (ANA) commandos in the capital of Kunduz province, police spokesman Syed Sarwar Hussaini told Pajhwok Afghan News.

He said a gunbattle erupted when rebels launched an attack on Afghan Local Police (ALP) officials in the Gor Tepa area. The commandos rescued the ALP personnel form a rebel siege while the fighting was still ongoing, he added. 

But Talibaninfo-icon spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed killing several police and ALP members in Gor Tepa in the past few days.

Elsewhere, seven Taliban, including a shadow district chief, were killed when the bomb they were making exploded in Jawzjan province, police chief Brig. Gen. Faqir Mohammad Jawzjani said.

Four Kalashnikovs, a pistol, an RPG and a walkie-talkie were also seized from the blast site. Abdul Hameed, resident of the locality, said police reached the area soon after the blast and started an investigation.

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