At least 12 dead in southern Afghanistan as battle rages on

At least 12 people including four attackers were killed Wednesday in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, and gunfire continued to be exchanged between Afghan security forces and at least two other attackers, officials said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which started around 7 am (0230 GMT) in an area that includes the district governor’s office, the police station and other government buildings.

The area came under fire from three directions.

"Two locations have been cleared, while one location, where the attackers are resisting, is being cleared by the security forces," said Esmatullah Dawlatzai, zone police commander of Helmand. 

Helmand is one of Afghanistan's most volatile provinces. The Taliban has been fighting Afghan security forces in the northern areas for the past 10 months and have taken full control of Musa Qala and Nawzad districts and partial control of several other districts.

Last update: Wed, 09/03/2016 - 15:07
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