Friday, April 12, 2013

Heavy clashes in Kunar, Afghan soldiers casualties feared

Districts of Kunar.
Districts of Kunar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Heavy clashes have been reported between Afghan national army soldiers and Taliban militants in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan.

According to local authorities the clashes started early Friday morning at Nari district after Taliban militants attacked a security check post in this district.

Nari district police chief Mhammad Yousuf confirming the report said Taliban militants attacked the security check post on Friday morning and clashes are still going on between the two sides.

Mr. Yousuf further added that both Taliban and Afghan soldiers suffered casualties during the clashes however the exact number of deaths are still unclear.

In the meantime a local security official speaking on the condition of anonymity said at least four Afghan soldiers were killed and one other was injured.

The source further added that Taliban militants have taken at least 9 Afghan soldier with them.

By Ghanizada - 12 Apr 2013, 10:00 am

from Pajhwok:
12 ANA troops, 5 rebels dead in Kunar clash
By Khan Wali Salarzai Apr 12, 2013 - 16:57    

ASADABAD (PAN): A dozen Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed during a hours-long fierce gun-battle with Taliban insurgents who stormed a security post in eastern Kunar province that borders Pakistan's Bajuar tribal region, a military official said on Friday.
The clash broke out on Thursday night and continued until Friday afternoon. The armed rebels attacked a post of ANA's 201st Selab Military Corps in Narai district, said Col. Noman Hatifi, the corps spokesman. He said nothing about casualties.

Kunar governor and Ministry of Defence spokesman Gen. Abdul Zahir Azimi confirmed the clash, but they had no details about ANA casualties.

However, an ANA commander of a nearby checkpoint, Mirza Ali, said 12 ANA soldiers and five Taliban fighters were killed in the engagement. The attackers had seized another two ANA soldiers, he said, adding the clash that began last night continued until Friday afternoon.

A Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed 15 Afghan soldiers were killed in the attack in Anchagal area. The fighters also seized two RPG, a heavy machinegun and 12 small weapons from the government soldiers, he said.
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