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15 militants killed, 20 wounded in Pasaband gunbattle

15 militants killed, 20 wounded in Pasaband gunbattle

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May 13, 2016 - 12:29

FEROZKOH (Pajhwok): Fifteen militants have been killed and 20 others wounded in clash with security forces in Ghorinfo-icon province, local officials claimed on Friday.

Led by Talibaninfo-icon-designated governor Mullahinfo-icon Taimour, nearly 500 insurgents attacked security posts in Pasaband district late on Thursday.

Col. Abdullah Khan, the district police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News 15 of the attackers had been killed and 20 others injured so far in the ongoing gunbattle.

He said two policemen had also been killed and three others wounded in the fighting. Since the main district road had been blocked by Taliban, he said supplies were flown to the town.

Abdul Hai Khatibi, the governor’s spokesman, confirmed the clash. He accused the fighters of trying to overrun the district, but the security forces were ready to face any challenge.

Also on Thursday, the Taliban stormed the Noor Koh village on the outskirts of Ferozkoh, the provincial capital. Deputy police chief, Col. Mohammad Zaman Azimi, said the locals put up strong resistance and pushed back the attackers.

One civilian was killed in the clash, which left three Taliban and two residents wounded. However, the militants have said nothing so far about the incidents.

However, a statement on the Taliban website said the fighters had seized two security posts in Shinkot district. It added five security personnel were killed and six others injured.

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