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5 militants killed, 10 injured in Badakhshan clash

5 militants killed, 10 injured in Badakhshan clash

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Mar 03, 2016 - 14:48

FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): Five Talibaninfo-icon militants were killed and 10 others wounded during clashes with security forces in Baharak district of northeastern Badakhshan province, while the rebels claimed killing 17 Afghan Local Police (ALP) personnel.

The governor’s spokesman, Ahmad Navid Frotan, told Pajhwok Afghan News another four militants were captured alive after they attacked security posts in Yardar area of Baharak district late on Wednesday.

Some weapons and ammunition of the militants were also seized by the Afghan forces, he said, adding that airstrikes by the Afghan Air Force also targeted the militants and inflicted heavy casualties to them.

Frotan confirmed two Afghan security personnel also lost their lives to the clashes that left another three security men injured.

But a Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed the fighters killed 17 ALP members and wounded another 15 in their attack. He acknowledged the killing of only two militants and injuries to three others.

A resident of the area, Haidar Mohammad, said security forces backed by uprising militias cleared Yardar village of militants. Civilians suffered no casualties during the clashes and the militants had fled from the area, he said.

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