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49 militants, 5 soldiers killed in eastern Afghan attack

30 April, 2014

KABUL: Up to 49 Taliban insurgents and five soldiers were killed following a day-long clash in eastern Afghan province of Paktiya, a Defense Ministry official said on Tuesday morning.

"More than 500 insurgents attacked army after an operation was launched in Paktiya province. 49 militants and five soldiers had been killed," General Mohammad Zahir Azimi, a defense ministry spokesman, said in his twitter account. The engagement, which took place in Ziruk district, began early Monday and lasted until early Tuesday morning, local officials said.

One army soldier was made captive in the clash. Several foreign militants were also involved in the clash, according to Azimi.

The army also called in air force support from NATO-led coalition forces. The coalition responded to the attack, Azimi said.

Six army soldiers were wounded in the incident in the province, 100 km south of Afghan capital Kabul, Azimi noted.

On Monday, two foreign soldiers were killed as a result of Taliban attacks in eastern Afghanistan, the NATO-led coalition forces confirmed in a statement.

In addition, nine Taliban were killed and eight others wounded after they attacked police checkpoints in southern Helmand province late Monday.

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