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10 ANA, 20 rebels killed in Helmand clash, airstrikes

10 ANA, 20 rebels killed in Helmand clash, airstrikes

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Aug 15, 2017 - 19:54

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): At least 10 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers and 20 Talibaninfo-icon militants have been killed during a clash in Greshk district of southern Helmand province, officials said Tuesday.

A police official in Greshk, who wished to go unnamed, told Pajhwok Afghan News Taliban militants attacked ANA posts in Sarband area of the district on Monday night, killing 10 ANA soldiers and wounding two others. The security posts were also lost to the militants.

Later, 20 Taliban militants were killed in airstrikes by foreign and Afghan forces in the area, he added.

A government official in Lashkargah, the provincial capital, also confirmed the clash and said seven ANA soldiers had been killed, two wounded and three were missing.

Governor’s spokesman, Omar Zwak, said both the sides suffered casualties in Sarband area of Greshk last night. But he had no exact figures.

However, he said no security post had fallen to militants and everything was currently normal.

Sayed Omar, a resident of Greshk district, said a fierce fight in Sarband area continued from 9pm to 12am last night. Later airstrikes took place, but he had no information about casualties.

A Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, on his twitter account said the fighters captured a security posts in Band-i-Barq area of Greshk district last night.

He said 12 Afghan soldiers were killed and their weapons seized by militants during the attack. However, he did not comment on militants’ casualties.

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