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14 killed in ongoing Badghis clashes

14 killed in ongoing Badghis clashes

Apr 22, 2015 - 16:11

QALA-I-NAW (Pajhwok): At least four Talibaninfo-icon militants and two policemen have been killed in a clash still ongoing in northwestern Badghis province near the Tajikistan border, an official said on Wednesday.

The governor’s spokesman, Mirwais Mirzakwal, told Pajhwok Afghan News the clash broke out on Tuesday noon between Afghan border police and insurgents in Muri Chaq area and was still underway.

So far four rebels and two policemen had been killed and two rebels wounded during the clash, he said.

Badghis provincial council head Bahauddin also confirmed the clash, but he had no information about casualties.

A separate clash between Taliban militants and gunmen loyal to a former jihadiinfo-icon leader was also underway in the Abkamri district, provincial National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) officials said.

The spy service said two rebels were killed and a supporter of the jihadi leader was wounded.

Taliban claimed capturing Chahar Sangi area of Abkamari district and killing two Afghan Local Police (ALP) members.

Mohammad Saleh Baik, the district chief, said insurgents attacked Afghan Local Police (ALP) posts. ALP and civilians backed the security forces to protect the locality.

The gun battle started at noon and still ongoing while two ALP personnel were killed and three insurgent wounded in the firefight.

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