Tribal elder, policemen among 13 killed
13 September, 2012
KABUL: Thirteen people were killed, seven injured and three others detained during separate gun attacks and operations in different provinces of the country, officials said on Wednesday.
In central Maidan Wardak province, Afghan and foreign troops conducted a security operation — codenamed Thunder — in Syedabad, Chak, Nirkh and Jalrez districts. The offensive would be extended soon to Jaghatu and Daimirdad districts, said the governor's spokesman.
Shahidullah Shahid told Pajhwok Afghan News four armed insurgents, were killed and six others injured in the Ambokhak area of Chak district.
Three other fighters were detained in Syedabad and some explosives seized near Maidan Shahr, the provincial capital.
A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said two security personnel were killed and a third injured in the Shamkhel area of Nirkh.
Three other soldiers were killed in the Ghazi Mohammad Jan Khan locality of Jaghatu, he said — a claim rejected by Shahid.
In eastern Kunar, a tribal elder was shot dead along with a grandson by unidentified gunmen in the Sarkano district on Wednesday morning, said Shah Mahmood, the town's administrative head.
Syed Ahmad Khan, also a local council member, came under rebel attack on his way to the district centre.
Col. Abdul Rashid Bashir said four fighters were killed and several others injured during a subsequent clash with police.
However, he did not provide information about the casualties among security forces and civilians.
The town's administrative head, Abdul Qadir Qadiri, confirmed the rebels attack, saying three policemen were killed and a fourth injured during the Taliban assault.