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Kids among 30 killed in Logar, Helmand clashes

Kids among 30 killed in Logar, Helmand clashes

Jul 09, 2015 - 17:22

LASHKARGAH/PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): A stray mortar shell hit a house and killed two children in central Logar province as security officials said 28 militants were killed in Logar and southern Helmand provinces.

Col. Mohammad Rassoul Zazi, the 215 military corps spokesperson in Helmand, told Pajhwok Afghan News at least 15 rebels were killed and another 25 wounded during clashes in two areas of the Greshk district.

Two Afghan National Army (ANA) troops were injured in the firefights, he added.

Qari Yousaf Ahmadi, a Talibaninfo-icon spokesperson, said the fighters killed four ANA soldiers and seized a security check post in the Greshk district.

In Logar, insurgents raided a security check post, sparking a gun-battle in Wazir Qala of Pul-i-Alam, the provincial capital, said deputy police chief Col. Qari Mohammad Wara.

During the clash, a mortar shell struck a house in the refugee township, killing two children and injuring a third, he said. It was unclear who fired the rocket.

But a representative of the township, Mohammad Shahab Makhkakh, accused security forces of firing the mortar.

He said the slain kids were brothers and the wounded child had been shifted to hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile, a military official Maj. Popal said 13 Taliban militants were killed in a NATOinfo-icon airstrike in the Mohammad Agha district of Logar on Wednesday.

While other security officials said a roadside bombing injured two civilians in Zano Shahr area of the Mohammad Agha district.  

The Taliban said nothing about the two incidents in Logar, but claimed killing a policeman and wounding another in Pul-i-Alam.


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