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23 Taliban, 4 ANA troops dead in Kandahar battle

23 Taliban, 4 ANA troops dead in Kandahar battle

Jan 13, 2018 - 16:19

KANDAHAR (Pajhwok): At least 23 Taliban attackers were killed during an hours long battle with Afghan National Army (ANA) troops in southern Kandahar province, an official said Saturday.

Four ANA troops were lost to the clash in Ghorak district, said Qudratullah Khosh Bakht, the governor’s spokesman.

He told Pajhwok Afghan News dozens of rebels attacked on the ANA and police posts in the district late on Friday night at around 1:00am.

The ensuing clash left 23 assailants and four ANA personnel dead. Some bodies of the rebels remained at the scene.

Provincial police spokesman Zia Durani confirmed the incident and the Taliban casualties, adding only two policemen suffered wounds in the attack.

Reinforcements had reached the area and the situation was no under control, he concluded.

The Taliban have not yet commented about the incident.

Separately, security forces killed two Taliban militants in Maleed locality of the Takhtapul district during an operation, the police spokesman said.

Durrani said civilians suffered no casualties in the operation that also resulted in confiscation of one rocket, one Kalashnikov and two motorbikes belonging to the rebels.