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ALP personnel among 19 killed in Hesarak clash

ALP personnel among 19 killed in Hesarak clash

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Jun 01, 2020 - 10:48

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): At least 16 Talibaninfo-icon insurgents and three Afghan Local Police (ALP) personnel have been killed as a result of a clash in eastern Nangarhar province, an official said on Monday.

Attaullah Khogyani, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the insurgents stormed security check-posts in Hesarak district on Sunday night.

He said at least 16 fighters were killed and nine others wounded in retaliatory gunfire from the security forces. Two notorious rebel commanders -- Abbas and Idrees -- were among the dead, he added.

According to Khogyani, the governor’s house has sent reinforcements to Hesarak to prevent militant activities there.

Niaz Mohammad, a resident of the area, said the firefight lasted several hours but currently the situation was under control. The Taliban have not yet commented on the clash.

sa/mud

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