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9 militants killed in Maidan Wardak drone strike

9 militants killed in Maidan Wardak drone strike

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Aug 12, 2017 - 16:44

KABUL (Pajhwok): A US drone strike killed at least nine insurgents in central Maidan Wardak province, while elsewhere two policemen were killed in a rebel attack in southern Helmand province, officials said Saturday.

Naqibullah Amini, the M         aidan Wardak governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the US forces carried out the drone strike in Chak district on Friday.

The drone hit a vehicle and motorcycles carrying militants, killing nine and destroying their vehicles, he said.

The Taliban have not yet commented about the drone strike.

In Helmand, two policemen were killed and a third wounded when militants stormed their check-post in Lashkargah, the provincial capital, said Col. Zahir Gul Moqbil, border police commander of the fourth brigade.

He told Pajhwok Afghan News battalion commander Ahmad Javed and a policeman were killed and a third one was injured in the attack.

He said the militants also suffered casualties during the firefight lasting half an hour, but exact figures were not available.

Abdullah, a resident of the area, said the Taliban attacked a security check-post in Bolan area on Friday night. He said heavy weapons were used in the clash, but had no information about casualties.

The resident said clashes between Taliban and security forces occurred every night in Bolan and Spinah Kot areas.

Officials at the Emergency-run hospital in Lashkargah confirmed receiving four injured people at the hospital from the incident site and their condition was stable.

The Taliban confirmed the clash in a tweet by their spokesman Qari Yousaf Ahamdi, who claimed the fighters attacked security check-post in Bolan area and captured it. He also claimed eight security personnel were killed and their weapons seized.

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