Three security agents, 2 Taliban officials dead in Afghan violence
Two security guards and a policeman were killed in an insurgent attack in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan Thursday, according to government officials, DPA reported.
Separately, two suspected Taliban officials were killed in a military operation in the region.
Taliban militants attacked security guards for a road construction company in Trinkot, the provincial capital, and killed two of its personnel, Milad Mudaser, spokesman for Uruzgan's governor said.
Police forces were deployed to the area and one policeman was killed, while and another was injured, in the ensuing gunbattle, he said. He added that the local forces also inflicted casualties on Taliban fighters, but could not provide any figures.
Separately, Afghan and NATO-led Australian forces conducted an operation in the province's Chora distict, killing the Taliban's shadow district governor and police chief for the region, Mudaser said.
The Taliban leadership has appointed shadow officials, including judicial authorities, for almost all Afghanistan's 34 provinces.
Because of widespread corruption in Afghan government institutions, local population in rural areas often ask the Taliban to solve their disputes.
Recently, the provincial council members in the southern province of Ghazni said in a press conference that Taliban judges mete out justice in more than half of Ghazni's districts. dpa jt hak fp ncs Author: Farhad Peikar