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Soldier among 6 killed, 5 wounded in Arghandab clash

Soldier among 6 killed, 5 wounded in Arghandab clash

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Nov 19, 2015 - 08:58

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): An attack on the Arghandab district centre in southern Kandahar province ended with the killing of five assailants and a soldier on Thursday morning.

The attack was launched at 7am when one suicide bomber blew himself up at the first gate to the district office complex, Samim Khpalwak, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Following the suicide bombing, four other assailants tried to enter the building but they faced stiff resistance from the security personnel. In the ensuing clash, the four attackers were gunned down.

One Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier was also killed in the assault, which caused no civilian casualties, Samim said, adding the security forces later found an explosives-laden car in the area.

Meanwhile, the district police chief told reporters at least three ANA troops were wounded in the firefight. Col. Niaz Mohammad Mujahid said three civilians, all of them shopkeepers, were also injured.

Resident Samiullah said the powerful explosion was heard in far-flung areas. He believed the militants, who wanted to storm the district office complex, were eliminated by the security personnel.

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