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Over 100 Taliban Killed In Helmand Clashes

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ANA-comand-6thkandak-03Over 100 insurgents have been killed and 37 injured in clashes in the past three days in Helmand province, officials confirmed Wednesday.

Local officials said heavy clashes are still ongoing in parts of the province.

The provincial governor, Hayatullah Hayat, has however assured the people that the capital city Lashkargah will not collapse to the Taliban.

According to him, security forces have cleared parts of the province of insurgents in their operations.

"In the past 72 hours, 180 insurgents were killed, 37 were injured and we have tried to prevent civilian casualties during operations," he said.

Meanwhile Helmand police said security forces are advancing against the insurgents and positive results are being seen.

Esmatullah Dawlatzai, regional police commander, said: "In this operation, we have cleared a number of villages of insurgents and we are moving forward. The Taliban insurgents are trying to hold on to their strongholds but are facing a fierce response from security forces."