Scores dead in clash with Taliban in Afghanistan

At least 60 Taliban fighters were killed in the clash, while 22 security forces also died, he said.

Scores dead in clash with Taliban in Afghanistan

World Bulletin/News Desk

A convoy of security forces has been attacked in the city of Jalalabad, east of Afghanistan, the governor's office has said in a statement.

The convoy, said to have been returning from an anti-Taliban offensive, was taken aback by the ambush involving hundreds of Taliban fighters, Governor's spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdulzai said.

The encounter quickly escalated into a heated conflict that lasted for at least five hours, Abdulzai said.

At least 60 Taliban fighters were killed in the clash, while 22 security forces also died, he said.

An e-mail statement by the Taliban claimed the group only lost 5 of its fighters while nearly 90 Afghan soldiers and police officers were killed.

Afghan security forces had been on their way back from an offensive launched upon Taliban's threats against a prominent politician in the city. The forces killed another 16 Taliban fighters during the campaign.

Last Mod: 03 Ağustos 2013, 10:15
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