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6 Afghan soldiers among 18 dead in Taliban attack

6 Afghan soldiers among 18 dead in Taliban attack

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Jul 22, 2017 - 13:04

FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): Six Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier have been killed and three others injured in a fierce clash with the Talibaninfo-icon in western Farah province, an official said on Saturday.

A dozen insurgents were also killed and six others injured as the group tried to capture the Pashtunkot district of the province, said Nasir Mehri, the governor’s spokesman.

But local residents claimed the Taliban entered the district headquarters but were pushed back by security forces after hours of a gun-battle. Some locals said the Taliban attacked the district centre on Friday night.

According to other sources, the militants entered the facility Saturday morning and carried out some blasts, burnt a military tank and a Ranger pick-up.

Resident said security forces responded with airstrikes and a ground offensive, forcing the Taliban to flee the district centre.

Ten Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed and eight others injured as they wrested back the control of the area before noon, the sources added.

Mohammad, an inhabitant of the locality, confirmed the overnight attack on the district centre. However, he had no information about casualties, saying three civilian were slightly injured in the subsequent airstrike.

The Taliban, however, claimed in a text message the capture of Pashtunkot district and killing 16 policemen in a firefight. Eight more security personnel were injured, the Taliban said.

They said two military tanks and a Ranger pick-up were burnt to ashes and a huge quantity of arms recovered.

nh/mud

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