Clash leaves 16 dead including 7 security personnel in Afghanistan

Source:Xinhua Published: 2019/1/13 19:23:28

At least 16 people including nine insurgents and seven security personnel have been killed in a clash between Afghan security forces and the Taliban in northern Jawzjan province on Sunday, a local official said.

The clash erupted early Sunday in Aqcha district when Taliban militants stormed a checkpoint on the road linking Jawzjan to neighbor Balkh province, district governor Ghulam Sakhi Subhani said.

If reinforcement was not to arrive, militants would dynamite a key bridge that links Jawzjan with Balkh and Sari Pul provinces, he warned.

Taliban militants are yet to make comment on the clash.


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