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40 security men dead, hurt in Dasht-e-Archi clash

Monitoring Desk

KUNDUZ: More than 40 security men were killed and wounded during fresh clashes in the Dasht-e-Archi district of Kunduz province, sources said Monday.

Taliban launched heavy attacks on police posts near the centre of Dasht-e-Archi district, sparking several hours long gunfight, Nasruddin Nazari, district administrator, told Afghan Islamic Press (AIP).

He said both the warring sides suffered casualties during the clash but they had no accurate details.

Informed sources told AIP that the attack was conducted by fighters belonging to Taliban’s Red Unit.

According to source, upto 20 security men were killed and 23 more wounded in the clash, adding the Taliban also suffered heavy casualties but its count was unavailable.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told AIP that their fighters captured civil order police Kandak and nearby big outpost.

During the clash, he said, Kandak commander Ziaur Rahman and local police commander Agha Jan among 46 police were killed and 13 more wounded, adding the Taliban destroyed several police vehicles and seized two vehicle and numerous arms.

Mujahid conceded that two Taliban were also killed and two others wounded in the gunfight.

 

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