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22 killed in Paktika, Helmand

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: At least 20 insurgents and two security forces have been killed in overnight clashes and a bomb blast in southern Helmand and southeastern Paktika provinces, officials said on Monday.

Acting Paktika Police Chief, Dadullah Khan Hotak, said seven insurgents were killed and four others wounded during a clash with Afghan Local Police personnel in Towda area of Mata Khan district on Sunday night.

He told Pajhwok Afghan News another three militants were killed and as many injured in a blast caused by their own explosives in Dani area of Urgun district.

Elsewhere in Paktika, five Taliban were killed were killed and three others wounded in a gun battle with border police in Giyan district on Sunday night, according to Hotak. “Two border police were also killed in the clash and dead rebels included a notorious commander, Momin.

“One woman killed and three children were wounded as a result of the clash between Taliban and security forcesin Giyan,” source quoted a resident of the district, Gul Agha, as saying.

However, the Taliban insurgents have not commented in incidents in Giyan and Mata Khan, but the group’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said the fighters killed several security forces in Urgun and Khoshamand districts.

Moreover, five Taliban insurgents, including a notorious commander, Mullah Mahbob, killed in a landmine blast in Majetak area of Garmasir district, police spokesman Lt. Abdul Salam Afghan said.

Furthermore, a security official at condition of anonymity said that two policemen were killed when their vehicle hit with a roadside bomb in Nawa district.

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