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18 insurgents perish in Paktika firefight

18 insurgents perish in Paktika firefight

Jun 17, 2017 - 18:58

SHARANA (Pajhwok): At least 18 Talibaninfo-icon insurgents were killed after they stormed police posts overnight in Urgun district of southeastern Paktika province, officials said on Saturday.

Acting provincial police chief, Col. Dadullah Khan Hotak, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the insurgents staged coordinated attacks on police check posts at around 1am last night in Pirkoti area.

He said police put up stiff resistance killing at least 18 insurgents and wounding three others. Hotak said police escaped unhurt in the attack.

Hotak said currently gun shots were sporadically traded as the insurgents were trying to take the bodies of their dead comrades with them.

Urgun police chief Haji Rahim, also denied any casualties to police.

A resident of Pirkoti area, Bakht Jan, said the Taliban conducted severe attacks on police check points before dawn and the clash lasted till the morning.

He said police also suffered casualties in the gun battle, however, he had no figure. He said the rebels took control of the Pirkoti area after security reinforcements couldn’t’ reach.

There has been so far no word from insurgents in this regard.

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