Taliban militants attack security company in S Afghanistan, kill 9

20:24, October 18, 2010      

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Gun battle between Taliban insurgents and guards of a private security company left nine security personnel dead and injured three others in Taliban hotbed Helmand province of southern Afghanistan, police said Monday.

"The Taliban rebels attacked guards of a private security company who were providing security for a local road construction firm on Sunday night in Chah-e-Anjir area of Nad Ali district as a result nine guards of the company were killed and three other injured," provincial deputy police chief Kamaluddin Khan told Xinhua.

However, he did not identify the security firm, adding a militant has also been killed in the firefight lasting for hours.

Two more guards had also been missing, he further said.

Taliban militants, fighting Afghan and NATO-led multinational forces in Afghanistan have yet to make comments.

The Nad Ali district in south Afghanistan was recaptured with its neighboring Taliban bastion Marja district by Afghan and NATO-led troops last February.

Notorious for growing poppy and militancy, the Helmand province has been regarded as Taliban stronghold in south of war-torn Afghanistan.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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