Three ANA troops dead, five wounded in fighting
14 August, 2012
KABUL: Three soldiers of Afghan National Army (ANA) were killed and five more wounded in separate attacks, defence ministry said.
The ANA troops were killed and wounded in explosions and direct attacks throughout the past 24 hours in Logar, Paktia, Wardak and Helmand provinces, the defence ministry announced in a statement late last night.
It said security forces detained an anti-government gunmen and recovered 12 landmines and 130 kg of explosives from him, adding the security forces also seized four opponents and recovered 13 landmines, explosives and ammunitions in Takhar, Zabul, Nimroz, Helmand and Farah province.
Meanwhile, a member of Afghan uniformed police opened fire at ISAF and Afghan troops in Achin district of eastern Ningarhar province today, causing no fatalities to foreign forces, ISF said Monday.
Taliban, however, claimed the attack left three ISAF troops dead and four wounded.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) that a policeman shot dead three ISAF troops and wounded four others in Achin district of Ningarhar province at approximately 12:00 p.m. (local time).
He said the policeman, Sher Ali, defected to Taliban after the attack.Spokesman for Ningarhar governor Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, however, told journalists that Afghan police and foreign troops exchange fired in Achin district in which, he said, both the sides suffered casualties.
When contacted, ISAF press office said, "According to initial operational reporting, there was an incident in Achin district, Nangarhar province this morning, in which a man wearing civilian clothes fired on Afghan and ISAF forces.
There were no ISAF fatalities."
It said ISAF reports suggested the shooter was a member of the Afghan Uniformed Police, but was not wearing his uniform at the time of the incident.
"The attacker fled the scene. Local Afghan officials are investigating the incident to determine the facts and as more information becomes available it will be released as appropriate," ISAF concluded.
On Aug. 10, an Afghan civilian worker shot dead three ISAF troops at a combined base in Garmser district of Helmand province.