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Anti-drug police officer, 7 rebels killed in clashes

Anti-drug police officer, 7 rebels killed in clashes

May 22, 2013 - 14:55

MEHMOOD RAQI (PAN): Seven rebels and a police officer were killed during separate clashes in central Kapisa and northeastern Badakhshan provinces, officials said.

Insurgents attacked a patrolling police party in the Hesa Duwum Kohistan district of Kapisa province  on Tuesday evening, the governor's spokesman Qais Qaderi told Pajhwok Afghan News.

In the ensuing clash, a counternarcotics police officer and three attackers were killed and another police officer and a policeman were wounded, he added.

The wounded were taken to a nearby hospital and their condition is said to be stable.

Police also recovered a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) and a Kalashnikov from the clash site, where the dead bodies of Taliban militants were still lying, the official said.

In Badakhshan, four Taliban militants were killed and a fifth wounded during a four-hour clash with police on Tuesday afternoon in Shah-i-Buzurg district, the governor's spokesman said.

Maroof Rasikh said the clash erupted during an anti-poppy campaign that resulted into the destruction of poppy crops grown over 150 hectares of land in four districts.