2 Taliban, 3 police killed in fighting in Afghan Kandahar province

15:07, July 20, 2011      

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Three policemen including a police officer and two Taliban insurgents were killed on Wednesday when gun fighting broke out in Kandahar city, the provincial capital of Kandahar province, 450 km south of capital Kabul, provincial police chief said.

"Based on intelligence reports police raided a house in the first precinct of Kandahar city in the wee hours on Wednesday, to capture the suspected insurgents who had the intention of attacking government interests," police chief of Kandahar province General Abdul Raziq told Xinhua.

Immediately after security forces arrived at a compound, the insurgents began firing and police returned fire.

"As a result of gun fighting lasted for few hours three policemen including an officer Gulab Shah were killed ," the top police official in the province added.

Two Taliban local insurgents including a local commander were also killed and six policemen were injured in the firefight, the police official further said.

Taliban outfit fighting Afghan and NATO-led troops has claimed of responsibility. Qari Yusuf Ahmadi who claims to speak for the Taliban outfit in talks with media via telephone from undisclosed location said the Taliban fighters raided a police station in Kandahar city inflicting casualties.

Earlier, an official in Kandahar city who declined to be identified put the number of casualties as high as seven including four policemen and three Taliban insurgents.

Taliban insurgents fighting Afghan and NATO-led troops have intensified their activities against government interests and security forces since beginning May when the militants group announced to launch spring offensive against security forces all over the country.

Kandahar, the birthplace of Taliban, has been the scene of Taliban-led insurgency over the past couples of years despite several military operations carried out by Afghan and NATO-led forces there.

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