Soldier killed in taliban firefight
A우리카지노 Taliban fighter has been killed in clashes with security forces in the eastern city of Mazar-e-Sharif on Thursday, an official said, killing two Afghan soldiers and wounding more than 20 others, adding that the dead soldiers were from the same unit as those killed by the Pakistani Army earlier this week.
The spokesman for provincial police chief Jalalabad said five security forces were killed and many others wounded by the two roadside bombs detonated in the area late Thursday.
Hospital officials had earlier said the dead included a commander of an anti-Taliban contingent and three police officers.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks but Pakistani Taliban are linked to the Afghan Taliban and have carried out attacks there in recent years.
Taliban fighters have carried out suicide bombings and attacks on civilian targets and the United States has said that many Taliban commanders are hiding in Afghan border areas.
Pakistani troops withdrew from Afghanistan’s Helmand province and are now conducting a major campaign to drive out the Taliban from both their stronghold in the North Waziristan tribal region and parts of the country’s other bordering areas, which are home to some 1 million Muslims.
While the Taliban are now holed up in several districts, they have been bolstered by reinforcemjarvees.coments from across the country and the Taliban were able to capture the northern town of Maiwand and its surrounding district, on the border with Pakistan, after the withdrawal from Zabul on Sunday.
Taliban in a statement posted online said it had taken control of the district after Afghan military units began a heavy fighting operation to retake it, a senior tribal leader told Reuters.
Fighting in Mazar-e-Sharif has been blamed for hundreds of deaths since early this year.
But the civilian casualty toll so far this year is “the lowest ever in a conflict with the government of Pakistan,” according to the United Nations.
In a separate development, the Pakistani army on Thursday arrested a group of Afghan and Pakistani national men near their village in Wana district of the western city of Bahawalpur after intelligence officials discovered they had been trying to smuggle explosives, a spokesman for provincial police chief Jalar-e-Jhangi told Reuters.
The army said two foreign nationals were detained, one of them an Afghan woman.
Pakistan has said the raid on the men was part of a crackdown on smuggling activities and Afghan security officials and the military had said earlier there was no proof that the men were planning attacks bu