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12 police, 21 Taliban killed in Kandahar battles

12 police, 21 Taliban killed in Kandahar battles

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Jul 23, 2017 - 16:49

KANDAHAR (Pajhwok): Twelve policemen and 21 Talibaninfo-icon insurgents have been killed during separate incidents of violence in southern Kandahar province, local officials said Sunday.

Police spokesman Zia Durrani told Pajhwok Afghan News that dozens of militants attacked security check-posts on the outskirts of Nesh district centre on Saturday night at 11:00pm.

The heavy clashes lasted for some hours and the militants were pushed back after additional forces reached the site, adding 15 militants and four police were killed and 20 Taliban and six security personnel were wounded during the gun battle.

But a reliable security source put the police death toll at 12, with another half a dozen policemen sustaining bullet wounds.

Elsewhere, a Taliban’s shadow district chief was among six fighters killed and a seventh named Hamdullah was arrested during a joint security forces’ raid on their hideout in Brang area of Maiwand district late on Saturday night.

Durrani said one pick-up vehicle, two cars as many motorcycles, two Kalashnikovs, one American gun, one rocket launcher, six rocket shells and a night vision telescope were confiscated by security forces during the raid. The security personnel suffered no casualties.

Zabihullah Mujahid, Taliban’s spokesman, claimed three check-posts were captured by the fighters who killed and wounded 25 security personnel.

Recently, Taliban militants have started staging attacks on the Nesh district centre after doing the same in Shawalikot district.

Three days ago, the Taliban kidnapped 70 civilians, including youth and elderly individuals, on the accusation of cooperation with the Afghan government.

The rebels set free 30, killed seven and are still holding 33 in captivity.

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