Afghan violence claims 35 lives, wound 45 within day
KABUL. KAZINFORM - Afghan militancy and counter-militancy have claimed 35 lives and injured 45 others with majority of them Taliban militants, in the eastern Khost and Laghman provinces of the conflict-ridden country on Friday, official sources confirmed.
A total of 27 people including 25 Taliban militants had been killed as clash erupted in parts of the eastern Khost province on Friday, a statement of provincial government sent to media outlets said. "More than 200 armed rebels attacked border police checkpoints in Ali Shir and Tarizai districts at 01:40 a.m. local time Friday triggering heavy battle which lasted till 06:00 a.m. local time during which 25 insurgents had been killed and 21 others sustained injuries,"the statement said.
Two personnel of the Border Police Force had been killed and five more others injured during the clash, the statement said.
In a similar incident which occurred in Laghman province on Friday, eight armed insurgents had been killed and seven more others injured, a statement of Laghman provincial government sent to media outlets said. "A group of militants raided a checkpoint of local police in Shahid Baba area in Alinegar district, Laghman province at 4:30 a. m. local time today and police retaliated as a result of gun battle which lasted for a while in which eight insurgents were killed,"the statement said.
During the firefight, seven more militants, seven local police personnel and five civilians sustained injuries, the statement asserted.
The Taliban outfit is yet to make comment.
Taliban militants fighting the government to regain power launched their so-called annual spring offensive on April 24 in Afghanistan and since then have launched series of attacks on government interests in different parts of the country which have claimed scores of lives from militants, security forces as wells as from civilians.
Fighting in Afghanistan usually climbs in spring and summer commonly known as fighting season among Afghans, Kazinform refers to Xinhuanet.com
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