Tuesday, 3rd March 2015

Soldiers, 10 militants killed in Afghanistan’s Helmand

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Five Afghan army troops and 10 militants have been killed in clashes in southern Helmand province within day, authorities said on Wednesday morning. "In Helmand province, 10 militants were killed and four others were detained. Five army soldiers were also killed and army personnel defused 13 roadside bombs over the past 24 hours," the Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Zahir Azimi said in his twitter account.

The official did not provide details.About 800 Taliban militants carried out a massive attack on security checkpoints in Sangin district of Helmand on Saturday. More than 100 persons, including 24 security personnel, 35 civilians and 45 militants have been killed until Tuesday morning, according to the provincial government spokesman Omar Zawak.

Helmand is notorious for poppy growing and is a known Taliban hotbed.
The Taliban-led insurgency has been rampant since the militant group launched an annual rebel offensive against security forces in mid-May.

In a separate incident, four civilians, including a woman, were wounded in a rocket attack in national capital of Kabul overnight, the Kabul police confirmed in a statement earlier on Wednesday. One rocket hit Kabul International Airport while another rocket slammed a residential area near the airport causing the casualties. The woman is said to be in critical condition.

The war-torn country is due to take over the responsibility for its own security from foreign troops by the end of the year. More than 51,000 coalition troops, down from the peak of 130, 000 in 2010, are stationed in Afghanistan, and the United States plans to trim its forces to less than 10,000 next year. Afghanistan, June 25 (Xinhua)



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