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Afghan fighting leaves 20 dead, including 2 security officers

Aug. 20, 2013 at 9:33 AM   |   Comments

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Fighting between insurgents and Afghan security forces left 18 Taliban fighters and two police officers dead in Ghanzi province Tuesday, a local official said.

Zana Khan District Gov. Ahmad Zia Yaqubi said dozens of armed rebels stormed the Zana Khan district headquarters "in the wee hours of Tuesday" with the objective of capturing it, China's state-run news agency Xinhua reported.

"However, the police resisted with the support of army, killing 18 rebels and forcing the Taliban to flee," Yaqubi said.

Two other police officers were injured in the fighting, Yaqubi said.

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