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Nine ANA troops dead, 11 wounded in separate attacks

19 July, 2012

KABUL: Defence ministry on Wednesday announced that five soldiers of Afghan National Army (ANA) and 11 anti-government gunmen were killed in different provinces.

Direct armed attacks and roadside bomb strikes by "enemy" left five ANA soldiers dead and 11 wounded in Kunar, Wardak, Kandahar, Paktia, Logar, Ghor and Helmand provinces, the defence ministry said in a statement.

Similarly, it said, ANA troops conducted operation in Bala Murghab district of Faryab province, killing 11 anti-government gunmen, adding the security force also unearthed an IED factory and recovered 33 landmines, two AK-47s and other military equipments in Zehir district of Kandahr province.

It is to be mentioned here that authorities of Helmand province said that gunmen killed nine Afghan troops and wounded seven others in Washer district last night.

Meanwhile, spokesman of defence ministry, Zaher Azimi, said in a press release that 227 ANA troops were killed, more than 80 percent of them in IED attack, in the past four months.

He said the security force discovered and defused 1485 landmines in the past four months.

Meanwhile, a suicide bomber, targeting a base of Afghan National Army (ANA) in Barak-e-Barak district of Logar province today's afternoon, killed four ANA troops and wounded two others, police said Wednesday.

The bomber stuck at the ANA base in Ibarhimkhel area of Barak-e-Barak district about 4:30 p.m. (local time), said Khan Sadiq Abdul Rahimzai, deputy police chief of Logar province.

"The attack was carried out through a vehicle in which four soldiers were killed and two wounded," he told Afghan Islamic Press (AIP).

The deputy police chief said the base was hosting only Afghan troops and no foreign troops were present in the base.

Earlier, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) that a Talib suicide bomber attacked a combined military base, causing casualties to tens of troops and destroying the base.

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