16 Taliban killed, 24 arrested: ANA, allies
24 September, 2012
SHARANA/KABUL: An improvised explosive device killed two local police personnel and injured one more in Sarhoza district in Paktika province yesterday, official said Sunday .
A press release issued by the governor's office stated the local policemen, also known as pro-government tribal militia, were on their way to a mountainous area when the IED went off on them.
The press release on behalf of an ANA officer General Zmarai said three armed opponents were killed and two more held in injured condition during operation in Barmal and Matakhan districts in Paktika province last night.
The Taliban have not said anything in this regard till filling of this report.
Meanwhile, the Afghan officials and Taliban on Sunday claimed causing casualties to each other in various parts of the country over the past 24 hours.
An interior ministry press release available with the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) stated the Afghan National Army (ANA), Afghan National Police (ANP), National Directorate of Security (NDS) and Coalition combined force conducted operations in Logar, Ghazni, Paktiya, Helmand, Faryab, Zabul and Wardag provinces over the past 24 hours. It added, 16 Taliban fighters were killed and 24 more held alive in the offensives. Armed and ammunitions and explosives were also seized, the press release stated.
Meanwhile, the Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid rejected the interior ministry statement as false and said their fighters conducted attacks on Afghan and foreign forces in Ghor, Badghis, Zabul, Nangarhar, Ghazni, Paktiya, Wardag, Helmand, Herat, Kandahar, Faryab, Farah, Uruzgan, Khost, Kunar, Logar, Baghlan, Paktika, Laghman, Kunduz, Jauzjan and Parwan provinces over the past 24 hours, causing heavy casualties and losses to them.