KABUL (AIP): Two ISAF troops were killed in two separate bomb attacks in southern Afghanistan, the NATO-led force Wednesday. An ISAF soldier succumbed to wounds after an “improvised explosive device attack in southern Afghanistan today,” the multinational force announced in a brief statement.
It said another ISAF soldier also died of wounds suffered in an IED strike yesterday in the restive south. ISAF did not give nationality of the fallen troops and exact location of the attacks. But Taliban had reported several bomb attacks on foreign troops in southern, Kandahar, Helmand, Zabul and Uruzgan provinces and had claimed a large number of foreign troops suffered casualties. This brings to 18 the number of foreign troops killed in Afghan war so far this month.
Meanwhile, heavy clashes took place between Taliban and security forces in Parwan province Wednesday in which both the sides made conflicting claims of causing casualties to each other.
Taliban attacked a convoy of police and Afghan National Army (ANA) in Chahar Dahi and Aab Kan areas of Siahgard, today’s morning, killing 40 police and ANA soldiers, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, told Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) in a text message. He said Taliban also seized 60 weapons and destroyed five vehicles in the ensuing gunbattle.
Mujahid conceded that three Taliban also lost lives and five sustained injuring during the firefight. Muhammad Saeed Sadeqi, governor of Siahgard district, confirmed heavy clashes between Taliban and Afghan forces in the district.
“Security forces have been conducting massive operations against Taliban in the region. During the operation, heavy clashes occurred in Chahar Dahi and Aab Kan areas this morning in which eight Taliban were killed and two cops wounded,” the district chief told Afghan Islamic Press (AIP).
The Taliban and Afghan officials’ claims could not be independently verified. Siahgard district is located between Charikar, capital of Parwan province, and Bamyan province where Taliban had also attacked government forces several times in the past.