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Afghan battle kills 27 including 25 militants
A total of 27 people including 25 Taliban militants have been killed as clash erupted in parts of the eastern Khost province on Friday, a statement of provincial government said.
"More than 200 armed rebels attacked border police checkpoints in Ali Shir and Tarizai districts at 01:40 a.m. local time Friday triggering heavy battle which lasted till 06:00 a.m. local time during which 25 insurgents had been killed and 21 others sustained injuries,"the statement said.
Two personnel of the border police force had been killed and five more others injured during the clash, the statement admitted.
The mountainous Khost province bordering Pakistan's lawless Wazirustan tribal area has been scene of militancy over the past couple of years.
Taliban militants fighting the government to regain power launched their so-called annual spring offensive on April 24 and since then have launched series of attacks on government interests in different parts of the country.
[Source: Xinhua, Kabul, 01May15]
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