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10 dead in hours-long Pasaband gun-battle

10 dead in hours-long Pasaband gun-battle

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Aug 24, 2016 - 16:11

FEROZKOH (Pajhwok): Local officials on Wednesday said seven Talibaninfo-icon militants and three policemen were killed during a clash in the Pasaband district of western Ghorinfo-icon province.

Pasaband police chief Abdul Wahid told Pajhwok Afghan News militant attacked security posts on the outskirts of the district centre on Tuesday night and the ensuing clash stretched into Wednesday morning.

“The Taliban retreated after their seven fighters were killed and eight others wounded,” he said, adding the militants still existed around the district center and were planning to carry out more attacks.

Fazl Ahmad, an Afghan National Army soldier in Pasaband, said a large number of Taliban once again attacked security posts, but faced with strong resistance from Afghan forces.

“We are ready to die, three of our colleagues have martyred and another one injured, we have not eaten bread over the past three days, we only rely on cooked rice,” he said.

Ahmad asked the government to provide needed equipment to security forces in Pasaband district.

Pasaband district, 170 kilometers south of Ferozkoh, shares border with Helmand province. Its roads to Ferozkoh have been blocked as a result of heavy clashes over the past four months.

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