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29 rebels dead in Helmand clashes

29 rebels dead in Helmand clashes

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May 20, 2015 - 13:41

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): At least 29 Talibaninfo-icon fighters were killed and score others wounded in two separate security incidents in southern Helmand province, security officials said Wednesday.

Brig. Gen. Sultan Mahmood Mahmood, commander of 604 border security force, told Pajhwok Afghan News at least 16 insurgents were killed and an unknown number wounded in overnight clashes with security forces.

Security forces, he said had seized some suicide vests from the dead rebels whose corpses were still lying in the battle ground.

Separately, 2nd Lt. Mohammad Eisa Khan, Musa Qala district chief, said security forces pushed Taliban back in another clash that erupted on Tuesday night. Heavy losses were inflicted on militants, he noted.

A security force wishing anonymity said seven Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed in the battle.

Haji Janan, a local elder, said a number of ANA soldiers were killed and Taliban seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition.

At least 13 militants were killed and 22 others wounded another gun battle in Musa Qala district where and five hideouts of insurgents were smashed, a statement from the 215 Military Corps stated.

Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, Taliban spokesperson, claimed killing five policemen and 23 ANA soldiers in the gun battle in Musa Qala.

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