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20 Taliban militants killed in Badakhshan skirmish

More than twenty Taliban militants were killed in a skirmish between security forces and insurgent Taliban in southeastern Badakhshan province, an official said Friday.

Two policemen have been injured in the clashes that erupted 48 hours ago in Dasht Shewa area of the Arghanj Khwa district, the provincial governor’s spokesmanNaik Mohammad Nazarisaid.

However, an intelligence official in the province put the death toll of the rebels at 13 in the Arghanj Khwa clashes. “The area is covered by snow, the Taliban have not been able so far to remove their dead,” he said.

He said the two injured policemen were under treatment and they were in stable condition.

The Taliban also confirmed the clashes. Their spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said 20 police, including a local police commander Mahyudin, were killed in the conflict.

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