Civilians among 20 dead in Baghlan operation
PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): At least 10 civilians and eight insurgents have been killed and 28 others wounded during firefight between Afghan security forces and rebels in Baghlan-i-Markazi district of northern Baghlan province, officials and residents said on Wednesday.
Deputy Governor Abdul Qadim Niazai told Pajhwok Afghan News eight rebels were killed and five others wounded during a clearing operation in the district.
The operation was jointly conducted by Afghan National Army (ANA), Afghan National Police (ANP), National Directorate of Security (NDS) and special security units, he said.
However, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed killing nine soldiers and wounding 13 others during the clash. He said three armored vehicles of security forces were also destroyed in the fight.
Mujahid confirmed the death of only one rebel and injuries to four others.
A local elder Arbab Ghulam said: “Security forces and rebels were fighting head to head. Militants were pushed back and the area is currently under the control of security forces.”
Ten civilians were killed and 28 others injured during the recent operation in less than three weeks in Baghlan-i-Markazi district, he said, adding that most of civilian casualties resulted from heavy weapons fired by rebels and Afghan forces.
Ghulam added that 1,200 families have been displaced to safer areas as a result of insecurity. The affected families were in urgent need of food.
According to another report, two people were killed and eight others wounded during a blast in Maimana City, the capital of northwestern Faryab province.
The incident took place when a hand grenade went-off in Qator area of the city around 6:30am this morning.
A security official wishing anonymity said the bomb was in the hands of a drug addicted man and accidently exploded.
The father and his son were killed on the spot and eight others wounded in the incident.
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