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5 Taliban killed, 10 suspects held in Helmand night raid

5 Taliban killed, 10 suspects held in Helmand night raid

Dec 29, 2017 - 19:57

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Security officials on Friday said five Taliban have been killed and 10 suspected militants arrested during a night time commando action in the Garamsir district of southern Helmand province.

The commando operation was backed by air support, said Helmand police spokesman Abdul Salam Afghan. He told Pajhwok Afghan News five Taliban gunmen were killed and 10 suspects detained during the operation that resulted in confiscation of 18 light and heavy weapons.

The same night, Afghan said, Taliban militants attacked security posts in Bashran area of Lashkargah, the provincial capital, but sustained heavy casualties in clashes with intelligence officials.

An intelligence official confirmed the rebels had sustained casualties in the last night clashes, but gave no figures. He said two vehicles and a machinegun of the attackers were destroyed in the clashes and that security forces remained unharmed.

A resident of Lashkargah, Abdul Rahim, told Pajhwok Afghan News that they were terrified by the fierce clashes on the outskirts of Bashran area. He said security officials had promised to bring the conflict inside the city to an end, but one and a half years had passed since the conflict emerged.