Females among 4 armed insurgents killed
KABUL(PAN): A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed four insurgents, including two armed females, during a security operation in Taloqan, the capital of northern Takhar province, NATO said on Wednesday.
The operation was carried out in pursuit of an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan facilitator, who acquires, constructs, and moves weapons and explosives throughout the province, the alliance said in a statement.
The combined force targeted a compound in Taloqan and isolated the building in an attempt to search for the facilitator, it said. A woman wearing a chest rack and armed with an AK-47 rifle attempted to engage the force, the statement said. She was given numerous verbal warnings, but when she female pointed her weapon at the forces, she was subsequently killed, it said.
Afterwards, a male insurgent was killed by the force as he ignored verbal commands and picked up the AK-47 assault rifle and attempted to fire on the force
Shortly after, a woman armed with a pistol rushed out of the targeted compound and displayed hostile intent by pointing her pistol at the security force. The security force engaged the female resulting in her death.
Outside the main compound, several males fled the scene when the security force approached. One male insurgent manoeuvred on the assault force and attempted to engage one of the elements. When he displayed hostile intent by attempting to fire on the assault force, he was also killed.
Two additional suspected insurgents were detained after they were observed fleeing the targeted compound and attempting to evade the assault force.
However, the governor's office said four civilian were killed by collation forces on Wednesday.
The operation, three kilometers from Taloqan in Gawmali, resulted in the death of four civilians, including two young women, Faiz Mohammad Tauhidi, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News. He said an investigation had been opened into the incident.
Mohammad, resident, said aircrafts targeted a house in the area late on Tuesday night, killing four members of a family, including two women. The women were 24 and 29 years old, he said.
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