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Eight militants killed in Kunar clash

AT-KABUL: At least eight militants were killed on Monday in a fierce clash in Kunar province, provincial police chief said.

Abdul Habib Sayedkheli told media that the militants stormed a security checkpoint in Narai district at 4:00 am (local time). The district is 185 kilometers away from Kabul City, the capital of Afghanistan.

In the pre-dawn attack one Afghan soldier was also killed and three others injured. Eight militants were also wounded. The battle between insurgents and security forces lasted for three hours.

It is pertinent to mention that the Taliban attacked military checkpoints on Saturday in Manogai and Chapa Dara districts of the province.

The security forces killed fourteen Taliban insurgents and injured 23 others in retaliation. The provincial police chief said the Taliban fighters have set on fire eight shops and four houses of civilians in Chapa Dara district.

Residents of Kunar on Sunday in a gathering in Kabul urged the government to beef up security in the province as anti-state elements have created numerous challenges for locals.

Haji Rohullah, a former jihadi commander from Kunar, said that they support the government but the leaders must ensure security in their province. Shir Zaman, another resident of the province, accused Islamabad of supporting terrorism in Afghanistan. He said that Pakistani military was firing rockets onto Kunar province which claimed lives of tens of innocent civilians while displaced hundreds.

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