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Taliban Reportedly Suffer Heavy Casualties In Afghan Clashes

GHAZNI, Afghanistan -- Officials in the eastern Afghan province of Ghazni said at least 25 Taliban fighters were killed and dozens more wounded during overnight clashes with Afghan security forces, backed by local anti-Taliban militiamen.

Local police official Abdul-Latif Kamran told RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan the clashes began after some 1,000 insurgents attacked several security checkpoints in Ghazni’s volatile Andar district.

Provincial officials say there were many Pakistanis among the insurgents.

Villagers in Ghazni took up arms against the Taliban in May last year -- an action that inflicted heavy casualities on the radical group.

The local militias have succeeded in driving the insurgents out of several districts.

With additional reporting by dpa