News - Afghanistan
Two Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers and at least a dozen insurgents have been killed in a clash in the capital of eastern Laghman province, officials said Wednesday.
Laghman provincial spokesman Sarhadi Zewak said joint Afghan and Nato troop operations on Tuesday in parts of the capital Mehtar Lam resulted in the deaths of as many as 20 insurgents and two ANA soldiers, while 10 more insurgents were wounded.
The military operations ran from between 5:00AM to 2:30PM local time in the Armal, Pahlawan Baba, and Abu Zai areas of the capital, he added.
Isaf Joint Command confirmed one of the operations in the Abu Zai bridge area.
Spokesperson Maj. Martyn Crighton said a joint force including ANA troops, uniformed police and a small contingent of coalition troops were carrying out an operation when they came under attack from a large number of armed insurgents.
The security force responded "and in the course of that engagement, 12 enemy were killed, 28 were wounded, and two were detained. Two Afghan National Army soldiers were also killed," Crighton told TOLOnews.
Zewak said there were no civilian casualties in the operation.
On Wednesday, a Haqqani leader was captured in a joint Afghan and Isaf troops operation in eastern Khost province, according to an Isaf operations update.
"An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a local Haqqani leader in Sabari district in eastern Khost province, today," Isaf said, adding that he was in charge of acquiring and distributing weapons and ammunition to insurgents throughout Khost. Several other insurgents were also captured.
Meanwhile, two insurgents were killed and another was captured in a joint operation in northern Sar-e-Pul province, Isaf said.
It also said that it was confirmed on Wednesday by officials that one of the two insurgents killed on Sunday during a combined forces operation in Jaghatu district of Wardak province was Zubayr, a local insurgent leader who supplied weapons throughout the district.