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Policemen among 25 killed as attack on Ghazni’s Andar district ends

Policemen among 25 killed as attack on Ghazni’s Andar district ends

Oct 17, 2017 - 17:57

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Fifteen police 15 policemen, 10 Taliban were killed as many wounded during fierce clash erupted following a car bombing in the Andar district of southern Ghazni province on Tuesday, an official said.

The official, who declined to be named, told Pajhwok Afghan News the militants detonated an explosives-laden truck in the district early in the morning.

Police chief Brig. Gen. Mohammad Zaman said 15 policemen were killed and 12 others wounded during the gun battle. Five civilians were also wounded.

Arif Noori, the governor’s spokesman, said clash between Taliban and security forces lasted for four hours in Andar district.

He said three policemen were killed and eight others wounded, Andar police chief Mohammad Nazir Kharotai was among the injured, he said, adding more than a dozen civilians suffered casualties.

He claimed that 10 militants were also killed and many others wounded during the firefight.

An official, from provincial hospital, said 20 injured had been brought to the hospital from the clash site, 15 of them were policemen.

Meanwhile, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed the car bombing and clash, saying dozens of security forces had suffered casualties and weapons captured by the rebels.

He said the Taliban were storming security check-posts and the reinforcement. Two fighters were killed and two others wounded, he conceded.