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Afghan officials: Taliban killed 16 pro-government fighters

AP  |  Kabul 

Afghan local officials have confirmed an attack over the weekend in southern Helmand province, saying the there killed 16 pro-government militiamen.

Two officials in Helmand say the attack took place on Saturday night. They say the attackers targeted a checkpoint belonging to the pro-government militiamen in district.

The two officials spoke to today on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to talk to the media.

Omar Zwak, for the provincial governor, says an investigation is underway.

Qari Yusouf Ahmadi, a spokesman, claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement sent to the media.

He says two fighters involved in the attack had managed to escape, confiscating all the ammunition from pro- government fighters.

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 16:35 IST