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9 rebels dead, 13 wounded in Nangarhar clash, airstrike


9 rebels dead, 13 wounded in Nangarhar clash, airstrike

Aug 21, 2017 - 20:06

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Nine insurgents were killed and another 13 wounded on Monday during a clash and an airstrike in two districts of eastern Nangarhar province.

Nangarhar governor’s spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani, told Pajhwok Afghan News Taliban insurgents attacked Special Forces in Batikot district at about 6am this morning.

Five attackers were killed and four others wounded when the forces retaliated, he said.

Separately, an airstrike by foreign forces killed four militants and injured nine others in Markikhel area of Shirzad district at about 10am today, said the town’s administrative chief, Haji Malak Hassan.

According to him, no civilian or security member suffered casualties both in the clash and the air raid.

There has been so far no word from insurgents in this regard, however, the group’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahdi, on his twitter said foreign troops carried out an air raid in Naqilo area of Batikot district on Sunday night, killing three civilians.

Elsewhere, a landmine explosion injured two children in western Farah province on Monday afternoon, residents said.

The blast took place in Khost village of Khak-i-Safaid district, a resident of Khost village, Mohammad, said.

He said the children had been sent to neighboring Herat province for treatment and their condition was said to be critical.

With no Taliban spokesmen immediately available for comment, Farah governor’s spokesman, Nasar Mihar, said the landmine had been planted by insurgents.