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Taliban storms district in E. Afghanistan

English.news.cn   2014-08-19 20:57:39

KABUL,Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- Taliban militants in their latest offensives against government facilities launched a massive attack involving hundreds of fighters on security checkpoints in Charkh district of eastern Afghanistan's Logar province on Tuesday, a local official said.

"About 600 or 700 militants armed with heavy and light weapons stormed Charkh District center at around midday today, triggering gunfight and security forces are battling the Taliban militants in surrounding areas of the district headquarters," the official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity, saying authorized officials would brief the media after investigation.

The attack on Charkh district took place while the government was celebrating the 95th Independence Day of Afghanistan, marking the nation's freedom from Britain's colonial rule on August 19, 1919.

According to the official, at least seven soldiers and police personnel were injured in the attack while several militants lost their lives in the battle ground.

Taliban militants on Sunday morning attacked checkpoints in the neighboring Hazra district and fled the scene after leaving five insurgents dead behind.

In a related development, unknown armed men shot dead a Taliban former commander Mullah Torjan in Taliban former stronghold the southern Kandahar province with Kandahar city as its capital 450 km south of Kabul on Monday night, a local official said Tuesday.

"Mullah Torjan was on the way to his home last night when unknown armed men opened fire, killing him on the spot and made their good escape," Zia Durani, police spokesman in Kandahar province, told Xinhua.

Without giving more details, he said that investigation has been initiated into the case to identify and bring the culprits to justice.

Torjan was a famous Taliban commander before giving up the war and joining the government-backed peace process in 2012.

Meanwhile, Qari Yusuf Ahmadi, who claims to speak for the Taliban, took responsibility in talks with media via telephone from unknown location, saying Taliban militants shot the victim dead as punishment.

Editor: Yang Yi
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