Gunfight kills Taliban commander, 1 police in Afghan Sari Pul province

09:30, February 07, 2011      

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A group of militants stormed a police checkpoint in Sari Pul province, 350 km north of Afghan capital Kabul, on Sunday triggering a gunfight that left a Taliban commander and a policeman dead, a local official said.

The conflict happened in Sozma Qala district early Sunday morning when militants raided the police checkpoint, the official told Xinhua but declined to be identified.

"The militants raided a police checkpoint early morning today and the police in retaliation returned fire killing a militant commander namely Ghulam Sakhi," the sources asserted.

A policeman was killed in the gunshots and police captured two insurgents during the firefight, he further said.

Taliban militants fighting Afghan and NATO-led forces have yet to make comments.

Source: Xinhua
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