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Casualties as Pakistani forces, Taliban clash in Gurbaz

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Casualties as Pakistani forces, Taliban clash in Gurbaz

Feb 12, 2017 - 15:37

KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Local officials on Sunday said Pakistani security forces and the Talibaninfo-icon suffered casualties in an armed clash in the Gurbaz district of southeastern Khost province.

A Gurbaz-based official, wishing anonymity, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the Pakistani forces conducted a patrol in the Shamit area of the district near the Durand Lineinfo-icon.

While patrolling the border area, the Pakistani forces occasionally entered Afghanistaninfo-icon, the source said. The official said 20 Pakistani forces suffered casualties. One fighter was also killed and four others were injured.

A security official in the district, requesting not to be named, confirmed the incident in Shamit, bordering Miranshah -- the headquarters of North Waziristan tribal region.

“Pakistani forces were attacked by Taliban when they entered Afghanistan’s territory during a patrol. Twenty-two security men and five militants suffered casualties as result,” he said.

Haji Daud, a commander of Pakistani Taliban in the area, claimed 12 soldiers were killed and five others wounded. He said 18 soldiers fought against them.

An Afghan shepherd was also injured in the clash, the officials said, adding 150 militants clashed with Pakistani forces. One Taliban member was killed and four others were injured in the clash.

On the other hand, Pakistani Taliban spokesman Mohammad Khurasani also confirmed the incident to media outlets. But the Pakistaninfo-icon government is yet to comment on the engagement.


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