Six policemen among 12 killed in Afghan clashes

May 17th, 2009 - 6:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Taliban Kabul, May 17 (Xinhua) Six Afghan police personnel and six Taliban militants have been killed in two separate clashes in southern Afghanistan, officials said Sunday.
In one incident, Taliban fighters Sunday raided a police check post in southern Helmand province, killing six police personnel.

“The rebels stormed into a police checkpoint in Gereshk district at 7.00 a.m. Sunday, killing six police personnel,” Governor Abdul Ahad Khan said. The check post was destroyed.

He added that the police also killed Taliban fighters in the gunfight but did not give any figure.

Meanwhile confirming the incident to the media, Taliban spokesman Qari Yusuf Ahmadi said seven policemen were killed in the attack and one Taliban fighter was injured.

In a separate incident, the Afghan and international troops killed six militants Saturday in the Uruzgan Province in southern Afghanistan, the interior ministry said in a statement Sunday.

“Six armed rebels, including a foreign fighter, were killed in a joint operation of the Afghan Army, the police and the US-led Coalition forces in Deh Rawod district,” the statement said.

Two AK-47 assault rifles and a pistol were seized from the militants after the operation that lasted for six hours, the statement added.

Media reports said Afghan security forces are preparing for a major operation against the militants in Helmand, Kandahar and Zabul provinces, ahead of the presidential election Aug 20.

Taliban militants, whose regime was toppled in a US-led invasion in 2001, have vowed to intensify their attacks against the Afghan and international troops in the war-torn country.

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