Eleven killed in attacks


At least 11 people were killed in two incidents in the south and east of Afghanistan, officials said on Wednesday.

wpid-afghanistan-kabul-2302045b.jpgEight soldiers were killed Tuesday night after a vehicle filled with explosives they were defusing went off in Khost province, said Abdul Wahed Pathan, deputy provincial governor.

“The forces had launched an operation on an insurgents’ hideout in Ismael Khel district, in which three insurgents were killed,” Pathan told dpa, adding that the body of a woman was also found among the insurgent dead.

“At the end of the operation, the soldiers were defusing a vehicle full of the explosives inside the hideout, but it detonated, killing eight soldiers.”

In a separate incident, a district chief was killed in a Taliban ambush in the southern province of Helmand.

“Mohammad Anwar Khan, the governor of Nad Ali district, was ambushed by Taliban insurgents on Tuesday night while patrolling in the area,” said Omar Zwak, a provincial spokesman.

He said that Khan and his two bodyguards were killed.

Taliban militants did not comment on the incidents.

Nad Ali is considered the most insecure district in the volatile province of Helmand.

Attacks on the Afghan security forces have escalated since Ashraf Ghani took office as the new president two weeks ago, and signed security deals with the United States and NATO.


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