Foreign fighters among 27 dead in Badakhshan
FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): Twenty-seven insurgents, including four foreign fighters, have been killed as a result of intense gun fighting in the Jurm district of northeastern Badakhshan province, officials said Saturday.
Lt. Sakhi Dad Haidari, a senior security official, told Pajhwok Afghan News six Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have also lost their lives and 13 more wounded after insurgents stormed their check posts late Friday night.
Haidari confirmed four of the slain insurgents were Tajik nationals.
Abdullah Naji Nazari, provincial council head, said security forces were already informed about the deteriorated law and order in the district. “The fighting badly affected residents of the locality and they are now worried about their future.”
Three local police have been killed in Jurm fighting and Taliban have seized eight police rangers, he added.
Zabihullah Mujahid, Taliban spokesperson, however, claimed 49 security personnel have been killed and his fighters overrun 13 security check posts.
Acting Governor Shah Wali Adib said more than 120 foreign fighters were active in the province, posing serious threat to security situation.
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