March 8th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

About 50 dead as rebel groups fight each other

KABUL, Afghanistan - About 50 insurgents, including more than a dozen Taliban, have been killed in fighting between two rebel groups in Afghanistan, Baghlan province governor Mohammed Akbar Barikzai said Sunday. Some 35 fighters of the Hezb-e-Eslami, or Islamic Party, and 13 Taliban died the fighting, which began Saturday and continued into Sunday, he told CNN.

Some bystanders also seem to have been killed or wounded, Barikzai said, adding he could not put an exact number on the civilian casualties.

Hezb-e-Eslami is an insurgent group loyal to warlord Gulbeddin Hekmatyar. They are enemies of the Taliban but it is rare that the anti-government groups fight each other.

A group of 25 Hezb-e-Eslami fighters including their commander surrendered to Afghan National Police on Sunday, the governor said.

Provincial chief of police Mohammed Kaber Andarabi confirmed that the fighting was ongoing, but that some of the Hezb-e-Eslami commanders are surrendering to the police.

Separately, two children were killed and two were hurt in an explosion while they were playing in Kandahar province, provincial spokesman Zalmay Ayoubi said Sunday.

The explosive device was in a bag in sixth district of Kandahar and blew up while the children were playing, the Interior ministry said in a press release. The injured children were transferred to a hospital for treatment.

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