Taliban attacked a security post in Nawzad district of Helmand province, injuring seven police, an official said Tuesday. A police vehicle was also destroyed in the attack in Barakzai area, a security official told AIP on condition of anonymity. He said police returned fire, killing a local Taliban commander Maulvi Attaullah, adding Taliban might also have suffered casualties but they had no information. Taliban spokesman Qari Muhammad Yousaf Ahmadi asserted responsibility for the attack but had no details.
Meanwhile, Twenty-seven people were killed and five others wounded in a new wave of violence in different parts of Afghanistan over the past 24 hours, officials said on Wednesday.
In central Kapisa province, four National Army (NA) soldiers were killed and two others injured during an operation in Tagab district, the police chief of the area, Col. Sher Shah Yousufzai, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed eight security personnel suffered casualties during clashes in Jalukhel and Joybar areas of the district.
Nine militants were killed during a military offensive conducted in Ghorak district of southern Kandahar province, said the governor’s spokesman, Javed Faisal.
A former jihadi commander, Sher Agha, was killed along with a brother and two bodyguards during a clash in the Bagram district of central Parwan province, said the district police chief, Col. Zmarai Nasiri.
He added the incident took place in Hamzakhel village, where the four individuals came under attack from unidentified gunmen. Sher Agha, 45, hailing from Qala-i-Biland village, was a former commander of the Jamiat-i-Islami party.
In eastern in Batikot district of Nangarhar province a Taliban commander, Maulvi Abdul Rahman, was captured by security personnel, police said, adding three fighters were killed and eight others detained in the Wazir area of Khogyani district.
Another three rebels were killed and as many wounded during a clash in the Barg-i-Matal district of eastern Nuristan province, said the police chief, Ghulamullah Nuristani.
In southern Ghazni province, two girls and an elderly woman were killed as result of gas leakage in Jaghatu district, resident Mohammad Husain said.
The incident happened in Yousaf village on Monday night, when a gas cylinder started leaking in the room they were sleeping in.