Over 40 Taliban, 4 soldiers killed in S. Afghan clash

Taliban attackers storm local market in Helmand

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told The Associated Press over the phone on Friday that one of its fighters from Takhar province carried out the attack at 8 p.m.in Qarabagh. The Taliban also claimed responsibility for that attack.

The blast occurred after a suicide attacker detonated a auto bomb in Kabul's Gulaee Dawa Khana near the house of Mohammad Mohaqiq, the second deputy of Afghanistan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah.

The six wounded personnel - two USA service members, three Georgian soldiers one Afghan interpreter - are in stable condition and being treated at a US military hospital at Bagram Airfield. Christopher Michael Harris, 25 - were killed in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar when their convoy was attacked with a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED).

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation said that another five soldiers and an interpreter were also injured, adding in a statement that they were in stable condition and being treated at nearby Bagram Airfield, the largest United States base in the country. He claimed 11 Americans were killed, but the insurgents routinely exaggerate their claims. - AP.

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According the NATO-led Resolute Support mission, the incident took place today near Kandahar airfield. The troops are serving in the Resolute Support mission to train, advise and assist Afghan security forces.

In recent days, the Taliban have stepped up their attacks on Afghan security forces across the country's south.

Hezb-e-Islami chief also charged leaders of a newly-formed opposition alliance for indulging in ethnic politics on the directives of foreign powers - a claim the alliance formed by Vice President Abdul Rasheed Dostum, Balkh province Governor Atta Mohammad Noor and deputy to the chief executive officer of the NUG Mohammad Mohaqeq rejects.

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