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Ongoing skirmish kills 1 police, 11 militants in N. Afghanistan

English.news.cn   2014-08-24 13:39:28

TALUQAN, Afghanistan, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- One police and 11 militants were killed during an ongoing battle in northern Afghan province of Takhar on Sunday, said a provincial police spokesman.

"Armed militants carried out attacks on security checkpoints in Pul-e-Mohmen locality of Khwaja Ghar district overnight. The clash is still going on. One Afghan Local Police (ALP) cop and 11 militants have been killed so far," spokesman Abdul Khalil told Xinhua.

Following the attack, reinforcement forces were dispatched to the area.

The spokesman also said that seven ALP and 21 militants were wounded in the clash in the province with Taluqan as its capital 245 km north of national capital of Kabul.

The ALP, or community police, was established in 2010 to protect villages and districts around country where army and police have limited presence.

The Taliban insurgents have intensified attacks as the U.S. and NATO forces are withdrawing the country.

In neighboring Kunduz province, the security forces had cleared Chardara and Khan Abad districts after days of battle with the Taliban militants, a provincial security source told Xinhua earlier on Sunday.

The Taliban insurgent group has yet to make comments.

The war-torn country is due to take over the responsibility for its own security from NATO-led troops by the end of year.

More than 44,000 NATO-led coalition troops, down from the peak of 130,000 in 2010, are stationed in Afghanistan. Some 30,700 of them are Americans and the United States plans to trim its forces to less than 10,000 next year.


Editor: Fu Peng
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