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70 killed in Afghanistan clashes

IANS  |  Kabul 

Increasing militancy and counter-militancy have claimed the lives of more than 70 people in since Saturday, officials said on Sunday.

In the latest wave of bloody clashes between security forces and insurgents in Aqcha district of the province, 16 people including nine militants and seven security personnel were killed, said.

A clash between government forces and militants killed 13 armed militants and three security personnel in Imam Sahib district of the northern province, has confirmed.

The clash, according to Sayedi, flared up with attacks on security checkpoints in Kunjak area on Saturday night and lasted several hours, also left six militants and one security personnel injured, reported.

In another case, eight Taliban fighters were killed and 12 others injured after government forces stormed a Taliban hideout in Arghandab district of the southern province on Saturday night, an army statement said Sunday.

Another statement of army released on Sunday also reported military operations, which killed 15 militants outside Tirin Kot, the capital of province on Saturday.

Twelve militants, according to Mohammad Hanif Rezai, were killed after military aircraft pounded a Taliban motorbike convoy in province on Saturday.

However, a Taliban deadly attack on a police station in the province on Saturday evening left six people including two civilians dead.

The government forces have intensified operations against militant groups during the freezing winter in Afghanistan, observers said.

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First Published: Sun, January 13 2019. 19:38 IST
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