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Fierce clash underway in Helmand’s Greshk town

Fierce clash underway in Helmand’s Greshk town

Mar 05, 2016 - 18:06

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A fierce clash has been ongoing between security forces and Talibaninfo-icon militants since last night in the Greshk district of southern Helmand province, an official said on Saturday.

The governor’s spokesman, Omar Zwak, told Pajhwok Afghan News the clash that broke out Friday night was still ongoing. “As the clash is on, so we cannot say anything about casualties.”

But a security official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told Pajhwok Afghan News  the clash broke out in Nehr-i-Siraj’s Balochan area.

He said so far 24 Afghan National Army personnel had suffered casualties during the clashes with Taliban captured two bases and some military equipment.

“The clash is still ongoing, police forces are on their way to reach the scene and assist the army, but landmines planted by insurgents are slowing their advance.” He said the security forces were yet to be provided air support.

Another police official told Pajwhok Afghan News there had also been a clash between the ANA troops and insurgents in Nad Ali district’s Kofka area.

He said both the sides had suffered casualties in the Nad Ali clash, but he had no figures.

Lt. Mohammad Rassoul Zazi, the 215 Maiwand Military Corps spokesman, confirmed the clash in Greskh district was underway.

He also had no information about casualties, but said the troops had been sent to the area to bring it under their control.

Taliban spokesman Qari Yousaf Ahmadi said the fighters attacked security forces in Baba Ji area of Lashkargah, Nad Al and Greskh district, inflicting casualties on them.

Currently the Taliban are in control of Baghran, Dishu, Musa Qala and Nawzad districts of Helmand and clashes between the rebels and security forces in other parts of the province are underway.



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