One dead as Sar-i-Pul residents clash with Taliban
The clash broke out in Karez village of Gosfandi district after people refused to pay zakat to the Taliban, provincial police chief, Brig. Gen. Asadullah Sherzad, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Zakat is a term used in Islamic finance to refer to the obligation that an individual has to donate a certain proportion of wealth each year to charitable causes
A Taliban fighter was killed and six others were wounded during the clash, he said, adding police also assisted the residents during the firefight. Residents also seized a Kalashnikov and a motorcycle from the Taliban.
Gosfandi district chief, Sayed Habib Qazizada, said the Taliban had started collecting usher from people since Wednesday. Police forces were deployed in the area before the clash occurred, he said. Residents suffered no causalities and Taliban had escaped the area.
Abdul Salam, a resident, said the Taliban had been taking usher and zakat from people every year, but this time people resisted their move.
Residents backed by police clashed with insurgents using shovels, axes and sticks. One militant was killed and six others were wounded, the resident said.
The Taliban have not made any comment so far on the incident.
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