Tuesday, April 17, 2012

4 fighters killed in poppy eradication drive

Jalalabad District is located in the north-wes...
Jalalabad District is located in the north-west of Nangarhar Province. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
JALALABAD/ KANDAHAR CITY (PAN): Four militants were killed and seven people, including Afghan security personnel, were injured in a clash during a poppy eradication campaign in eastern Nangarhar province, officials said on Tuesday.

The clash erupted on Monday evening when Taliban fighters opened fire on security personnel during a poppy removal drive in the Mimla area of Khogyani district, the deputy police chief, Col. Ebadullah Talwar, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Four Taliban fighters were killed, three more Taliban members, a border policeman and Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier wounded during the clash, he said.

Meanwhile, two bodyguards of Sherzad district chief also sustained injuries, but civilians suffered no casualties in the gun battle, said Khogyani district chief, Hajji Syed Rahman.

Two civilians, including a nine-year-old child, were also hurt in the clash and were taken to Nangarhar Civil Hospital, a resident of the Mimla area, Ataullah Khogyani said.

In another incident, seven more Taliban fighters suffered casualties during a clash with police on Monday evening during an anti-poppy drive in the Zherai district of southern Kandahar province.

The governor’s spokesman, Javed Faisal, confirmed the fighters suffered casualties but did not provided the exact number of dead or wounded insurgents.

Afghan security personnel suffered no casualties in the clashes in the Sangsar and Nadi deserts of the district, he said.

from Pajhwok

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