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Four civilians injured Officials, Taliban claim casualties to each other

26 September, 2012

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KABUL: At least four Afghan civilians were injured in a bomb blast Tuesday morning in the west of Kabul city, local officials said.

A bomb exploded near a market in the Mahtab Qala area of Kabul at around 10:50AM local time, injuring at least four people, officials said.

Chief of the Kabul Police Criminal Investigation Unit Mohammad Zahir also confirmed the blast and said that more security forces have been deployed in the area. Witnesses said that all the casualties are civilians.

No group has claimed responsibility for the blast.

Meanwhile, the officials and Taliban Tuesday raised conflicting claims about casualties to each other in various parts of the country.

The Farah police chief Aqa Noor Kaintoos told the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) 17 Taliban fighters were killed while a cop sustained injuries during hours-long clash in Chishma Mashik area, Lash-wa-Jwaind district of the province today.

In a separate incident, he said Taliban fighters attacked a security checkpost in Khak-i-Safaid district last night. Two Taliban fighters were killed and two more injured in the gunfight, he added. The police did not suffer casualties in the clash, he said.

However, the area resident told the AIP the police also suffered casualties. They, however, were unaware about exact information about casualties.

Meanwhile, a Wardag media office statement available with the AIP stated a Taliban commander Mullah Malang alias Mullah Mansoor was killed in an ISAF airstrike in the limits of Syedabad district today.

Separately, an interior ministry press release said 15 Taliban fighters were killed, three injured and nine more held alive during operations in Laghman, Baghlan, Kunduz, Kandahar, Uruzgan, Wardag and Khost provinces over the past 24 hours.

A defence ministry statement said five ANA soldiers were injured in separate violence-related incidents in Wardag, Kunar and Kandahar provinces over the past 24 hours.

Meanwhile, the Taliban Spokemasn Zabihullah Mujahid told the AIP their fighters conducted operations on Afghan and foreign forces in Laghman, Kunar, Wardag, Paktiya, Nimroz, Kandahar, Helmand, Baghlan, Ghazni, Zabul, Farah, Herat, Ghor, Sar-i-Pul, Nangarhar, Paktika and Uruzgan provinces over the past 24 hours, causing casualties and losses to them. He, however, did not say anything about casualties to Taliban fighters.

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