Security forces, militants locked in intense fighting
MIAMANA (Pajhwok): Heavy clashes between security forces and militants are underway in Ghormach and Qaisar districts of northwestern Faryab province amid claims from both sides of inflicting heavy casualties on each other, officials said on Wednesday.
Maj. Reza Reza, spokesman for the 209th Shaheen Military Corps in Faryab, told Pajhwok Afghan News that rebels on Tuesday night launched coordinated attacks on security forces in the two districts. Two militants were killed and four others wounded in the ongoing clashes.
However, Qaisar district Chief Abdul Jamil Saddiqi said that four rebels were killed and a civilian was among the wounded. He said that militants gathered in Sahib Qala and Jawader villages of Qaisar district and the security forces needed to launch full-scale clearing operation.
But a Taliban’s spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi claimed capturing Chichakto area and inflicting heavy casualties on security forces in Qaisar. He said that dozens of Afghan forces were suffered casualties in Nahrain area of Qaisar district.
A local elder Javid Qaisari said that militants seized the Chichakto bazaar from security forces last night, but it was recaptured by Afghan forces. Without exact figure, he said both sides suffered casualties during the firefight.
Local officials say that at least one civilian has been killed, 20 others have been wounded, 200 homes damaged and hundreds of people displaced as a result of fighting in the past one week.
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