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    Taliban’s governor among 31 rebels killed

    MAIMANA (PAN): A Taliban-designated governor was killed along with 25 rebels during a clash with security personnel in northern Faryab province, officials said on Wednesday.

    Governor Mohammadullah Batash said the Taliban took control of the Mian Dara bazaar for two hours after they attacked the Pashtunkot district centre on Wednesday.

    He told Pajhwok Afghan News security forces retook the area after a fierce firefight, killing Taliban’s governor for Faryab, Maulvi Yar Mohammad, and 20 other rebels.

    He called Mohammad a key insurgent commander in the north, whose killing would help improve security in the province. Five local police were also killed in the clash, the governor said.

    Police chief, Brig. Gen. Abdul Khaliq Aqsai, said five security men were killed and three others seized by the fighters when they attacked the Mian Dara bazaar.