Soldiers' beheading confirmed in Badakhshan fighting
FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): An unconfirmed number of officers of Afghan National Army (ANA) have been detained for demonstrating laxity following reports of casualties suffered by 33 ANA soldiers, with some of them gone missing, in intense fighting in the Jurm district of northeastern Badakhshan province, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said on Monday.
According to a statement from the MoD, some army officials had been detained and a high-powered team sent to the area to investigate the incident thoroughly.
Twenty militants, including foreign fighters, were killed and 17 others wounded in the ensuing battle, the statement added.
It added that 33 ANA personnel, with some of them were killed, wounded and went missing after a lull in the fighting.
Some media outlets have quoted Gen. Afzal Aman, Mod head of operations, saying that 15 soldiers had been killed in Jurm district.
But Ahmad Nawid Frotan, governor spokesperson, told journalists 18 soldiers had been killed in the fighting and the insurgents had beheaded eight of them.
These figures were released by the local officials after the beheaded photos of some soldiers appeared on social networks.
There were unconfirmed reports that 28 soldiers had been beheaded.
A day earlier, Gul Mohammad Baidar, deputy governor of Badakhshan province, told Pajhwok Afghan News that nine ANA soldiers were killed, seven wounded and eight others had gone missing after the firefight.
However, militants claimed killing 49 ANA personnel, wounding 42 others and capturing 13 security posts.
Taliban confirmed losing five fighters. Militants also claimed that 16 military tanks and ranger pick-ups were also seized from the security forces.
Acting governor Shah Wali Adeeb said that 120 foreign fighters, including Chechens, Uzbek and Tajik were active in Khastak area of Juram district that posing serious threat to residents.
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