Afghan Taliban kill 20 soldiers in multiple attacks in Afghanistan

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Afghan Taliban kill 20 soldiers in multiple attacks in Afghanistan

LASHKARGAH: Nineteen police personnel were killed in separate incidents in Helmand and Zabul provinces, officials said on Thursday.

Taliban attacked a security checkpoint in Kosai Kholai area in Kajaki district last night, leaving four cops dead and two more injured, sources in Helmand told Afghan Islamic Press (AIP). The checkpoint fell into the control of Taliban

Meanwhile, Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack and their spokesman Qari Muhammad Yousaf Ahmadi told AIP that a fighter was killed and three more sustained injuries in the gunfight.

Some sources said five police personnel were killed and two more injured in a blast in Sangin district yesterday. The dead included a commander Toryalai, the sources added.

A member of Helmand provincial assembly said eight police personnel were found dead at a checkpoint in Malgeer area in the limits of Grishk district.

No bullet shots were found in the bodies, the sources said. They had been killed with some fatal items. The attackers did not take away their weapons.

However, Taliban spokesman Qari Muhammad Yousaf Ahmadi said that their fighters killed 15 security personnel in two attacks in Grishk.

Two infiltrated Taliban killed seven police personnel at a checkpoint in Spin Masjid area in Grishk district last night. They joined hands with Taliban after the attack. Eight police personnel were killed at a checkpoint in Nahr-e-Saraj area last night.

Security officials have not said anything in this regard so far. However, a press release issued by ANA 215 Maiwand military corps in Helmand stated that 22 Taliban fighters were killed and four more injured during operation in Syed Muhammad, Haidarabad and Shorkeen villages in the limits of Sangin district.

Meanwhile, Taliban spokesman Qari Muhammad Yousaf Ahmadi said that their fighters captured Sewara district headquarters last night. The security forces suffered heavy casualties in the attack, he claimed.

However, Zabul provincial governor’s spokesman Gul Islam Siyal told AIP that Sewara was not a district headquarters rather it was an area of Shinkay district. The security forces and Taliban suffered casualties in gunfight in the area. However, accurate information could not be ascertained immediately, he added.

Zabul provincial assembly chairman Atta Jan Haqbayan told AIP that seven police personnel were killed and eight more injured in the gunfight in Sewara area.

According to Haqbayan, Taliban captured three checkpoints. The casualties could rise or decrease, he added.

Taliban have not said anything about clashes in Sewara area so far. (AIP)