Wednesday, July 18, 2012

9 Afghan army soldiers killed in southern Helmand province

Lejay is located in the Baghran valley, in Hel...
Districts of Helmand Province. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, July 18 (Xinhua) -- Up to nine Afghan army soldiers were killed and seven others injured on Tuesday night when Taliban launched an attack against army checkposts in southern Helmand province, a provincial official said Wednesday.

"Nine Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed and seven soldiers injured following a Taliban attack on ANA checkposts in Washeer district Tuesday night," a spokesman for provincial government, Daud Ahmadi told Xinhua.

He said seven militants were also killed and five other insurgents were injured in the fighting.

A Taliban commander was killed and six other militants were detained by police following a similar incident in neighboring Nad Ali district also Tuesday night, Ahamdi added.

In another development, three militants were killed in a joint operation carried out by Aghan army and NATO-led coalition forces in Chak-e-Wardak district in eastern Wardak province late Tuesday, a provincial spokesman, Shahidullah Shahid, told Xinhua.

The Taliban-led insurgency has been rampant since the militant group launched an annual spring offensive from May 3 against Afghan and NATO-led troops stationed in the country.

2012-07-18 17:59:52

Enhanced by Zemanta


Post a Comment

Search this blog