31 Afghan militants, 2 civilians, ALP commander killed

Staff Report

KABUL -- At least 31 militants, two civilians and an Afghan Local Police (ALP) officer were killed in recent violence across Afghanistan.

Security forces July 17 in Jawand District, Badghis Province, killed at least nine Taliban who attacked a police outpost, TOLO News reported, quoting provincial police chief Abdul Raouf Taj. Surviving militants fled.

Another Taliban attack in Qala-i-Zal District, Kunduz Province, left an Afghan Local Police (ALP) officer and three militants dead July 18, District Administrative Chief Mahbubullah Syedi told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Afghan troops July 17 killed at least 16 militants in Sangin and Marjah districts, Helmand Province, the provincial government said in a statement, according to the Afghanistan Times.

A roadside bomb July 17 in Charkh District, Logar Province, killed a father and son who were riding a motorcycle, Pajhwok Afghan News reported, quoting the Logar governor's spokesman and eyewitnesses.

In Kandahar city, National Directorate of Security (NDS) agents recently killed a gunman in a shoot-out, Samim Khpalwak, the provincial governor's spokesman, said, according to Pajhwok Afghan News.

Meanwhile, two militants July 16 in Paktika Province were blown up by their own prematurely exploding roadside bomb, the Afghanistan Times reported, quoting a provincial government statement.

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