Saturday 24 February 2018

Taliban kills 16 pro-government fighters in Afghanistan

Two attackers are believed to have struck a checkpoint in Helmand province’s Gareshk district.

The Taliban struck a checkpoint in Helmand province
The Taliban struck a checkpoint in Helmand province

By Associated Press Reporters

The Taliban has killed 16 pro-government militia fighters in an attack over the weekend in southern Helmand province, officials confirmed.

The attackers are believed to have targeted a checkpoint belonging to pro-government forces in the Gareshk district.

Omar Zwak, a spokesman for the provincial governor, confirmed an investigation is under way.

Qari Yusouf Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman, claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement sent to the media.

He said two Taliban fighters involved in the attack had managed to escape, confiscating all ammunition from pro-government fighters.

Press Association

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