Warduj fighting claims 18 soldiers lives: Medics
FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): Health officials said on Tuesday that 18 bodies of slain policemen died in Warduj district fighting in northeastern Badakhshan province have been shifted to the provincial hospital.
The policemen belonged to Yawan, Khwahan, and Yaftal districts of Badakhshan and Kunduz and Takhar provinces, Pajhwok Afghan News reporter said.
Eng. Mohammad Din Khwahani, a local elder, who visited the hospital said some of the bodies would be shifted to their hometowns through helicopter.
Gen. Rahmanuddin Rahman, coordinator of operations in the district, said Taliban had attacked security check posts and after five-hour firefight security forces retreated from the area.
He said only two policemen had been killed in the clashes. Abdullah Naji, provincial council head, however, said 17 security forces personnel had been killed and 26 more missing.
A resident of the district said six policemen managed to escape. They had hid themselves in the jungles and then managed to arrive in the district centre, he added.
Unconfirmed reports said government forces had vacated 13 check posts in Sofian locality of the district due to militants’ onslaught.
Col. Sakhi Dad Haidari, a senior police official, said more check posts had been established in the surrounding areas and preparations were underway to launch operations against insurgents.
Download “Pajhwok” mobile App, on your smartphone to read and access latest news, features, interviews, videos and photos about Afghanistan.