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Border police among 63 killed in Kamdish fighting

Border police among 63 killed in Kamdish fighting

Jul 06, 2011 - 15:46

JALALABAD (PAN): Up to 23 border police and 40 Taliban fighters, including 15 Pakistanis, have been killed and seven police wounded so far in an operation in the Kamdish district of eastern Nuristan province, governor Jamaluddin Badar told Pajhwok Afghan News on Wednesday.

Badar said the operation had started on Monday night and continued until Tuesday morning. He added that the fighting restarted Tuesday afternoon after a lull of several hours and is ongoing.

He added that the Taliban had attacked the Gawardish police outposts from the Arondgar and Orsel areas of Pakistan’s Chatral district.  

The dead bodies of 15 Pakistanis remained in the area.

Badar said Afghan and international forces had launched an operation in the area last night and recaptured a checkpoint. Major Shirin Agha, spokesman for the 2nd Ground Division of Silab 201 Army Corps in the eastern zone told Pajhwok that the operation had been launched at 1:30 am Tuesday night.

Nuristan police chief Shams-ul-Rahman Nuristani told Pajhwok that the fighting is ongoing in Gawardish area, 30 km south of the Kamdish district.

According to him, the Pakistani Taliban torched the houses of locals while fleeing the area, killing four women and two children.

The Taliban said yesterday that they had attacked four police outposts in Kamdish district, capturing a number of them. There has been no word so far from the Taliban about today’s fighting.

The district has been under Taliban control for four years.