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70 Taliban, 2 police killed in ongoing Paktika clash

70 Taliban, 2 police killed in ongoing Paktika clash

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Aug 02, 2017 - 20:17

SHARANA (Pajhwok): At least 70 Talibaninfo-icon insurgents were claimed killed during a gun-battle still ongoing in Gomal district of southeastern Paktika province on Wednesday.

Acting Paktika police chief, Dadullah Khan Hotak, told Pajhwok Afghan News the pre-dawn clash erupted after the rebels staged attacks on the Gomal district center and security posts at about 2am.

The attack sparked a gun-battle that was still ongoing, he said, adding 40 insurgents were killed in airstrikes and another 30 in face-to-face clashes. He admitted the killing of two policemen and injuries to five others.

A resident of Zangi Ada area, Sayed Noor, told Pajhwok that more than 20 police suffered casualties after the district was besieged and the insurgents captured several security check points.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed many soldiers were killed in the attack and the fighters captured three posts. He said the fighting was ongoing as of Wednesday afternoon.

About five months back, Omnai district of Paktika province fell to Taliban after a coordinated attack. The district remains with insurgents.

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