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8 ANA soldiers dead in Helmand fighting

8 ANA soldiers dead in Helmand fighting

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May 14, 2015 - 15:32

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): At least eight Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed, four others wounded and two were taken hostage when Talibaninfo-icon fighters attacked ANA check post on Wednesday night in Musa Qala district of southern Helmand province, an official said.

Mohammad Sharif, the district chief, told Pajhwok Afghan news rebels mounted attack on ANA check posts and the battle lasted for four hours. Eight ANA soldiers were killed, four others were wounded and two others were taken as hostage, he said, adding that casualties had been also inflicted on militants but he had no exact figure.

Lt. Col. Mohammad Rasool, spokesman of the 215th ANA military corps, also confirmed the attack on security check post.

Haji Janan, a local elder, said 30 ANA soldiers were present at the check post. “Five of them escaped and the rests would either be killed or taken as hostages,” he noted. Janan requested officials concerned to take immediate steps for the security of the district.

Taliban posted on their website that they killed 21 ANA soldiers while two others were taken hostages.

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