Afghanistan: Afghan Taliban launched a night raid in the late hours on Friday on Khushamand district in Paktika province, claiming to have captured the district after fierce clashes with government forces.
Police spokesman Shah Mohammad Arian told Pajhwok Afghan News hundreds of militants stormed the district centre from different directions late Friday night. He said 73 militants were killed in an ensuing air-and-ground operation by the security forces. The bodies of 50 fighters were still lying at the site, he added. Four policemen were also killed, he said, adding the rebel attack was repulsed.
But Taliban presented a different version of the story with Zabihullah Mujahid, Taliban’s spokesman, claiming that Khushamand district was under insurgent control. Taliban claimed killing 11 security personnel, including a commander, and wounding 6 and arresting 6 more. Taliban also claimed to have destroyed a tank and captured a Ranger vehicle, weapons and ammunition from government forces. Taliban claimed only two of their militants were killed while four others were injured.
Taliban also released photos showing a government outpost in the district under the control of its fighters.