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Eight ANA soldiers killed separately

09 November, 2012

JALALABAD: Eight Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed and eight more injured in separate violence-related incidents in various parts of the country, official said.

An IED ripped through an ANA vehicle in Todah Cheena area of Badpakh district at approximately 8:00 a.m. (local time), leaving five troops dead and one more injured, Sarhadi Zawak, spokesman for Laghman governor told the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP).

He said the ANA logistic vehicle was on way from Badpakh district after supplying goods to the army.

The Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, however, claimed the bomb attack targeted a tank of Afghan National Army (ANA), killing five troops.

Meanwhile, a defence ministry press release stated three ANA soldiers were killed and seven more injured in IED strikes and attacks of the armed opponents in Farah, Khost, Helmand and Wardak provinces over the past 24 hours.

The Taliban also claimed conducting IED strikes and attacks on Afghan forces in these province and their spokesmen told the AIP the Taliban conducted blasts on Afghan and foreign forces in Khost, Helmand, Farah and Wardak provinces.

They claimed the Afghan forces suffered heavy casualties.

Meanwhile, combined security force killed a schoolboy and detained three others during an operation in Khugyani district of eastern Ningarhar province last night, officials said Thursday. ISAF, however, termed the deceased was an "insurgent".

Security forces conducted operation in the limits of Khugyani district last night, killing a student of 5th grade, Bilal, Muhammad Asif Shinwari, spokesman for education department, told Afghan Islamic Press (AIP).

Haji Said Rahman, administrator of Khugyani, confirmed the incident to AIP saying the combined force raided the house of one, Miro Khan, in Kharoto village, killing one and capturing three individuals.

He claimed Miro Khan had links with Taliban while they had no information about the people detained during the raid.

ISAF, however, said two armed "insurgents" attacked the combined force with small arms fire when they reached "Taliban facilitator's location"

"The security force returned fire, killing one armed insurgent and wounding the second," it said, adding the "Taliban facilitator" and two suspects were detained during the operation.

There was no word by Taliban in this regard.

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