21 rebels eliminated in Baghlan offensive
PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): At least 21 militants have been killed and 26 villages cleared of insurgents in an operation conducted by the Afghan security forces in the Baghlan-i-Markazi district of northern Baghlan province, an official said Thursday.
Provincial police chief Col. Abdul Bashir Rashid said militants suffered heavy setback during the ongoing offensive launched on Wednesday.
However, he had no exact information about casualties but said that some weapons and ammunition remained on the fight scene were also seized by security forces.
The rebels fled to Chahar Dara district of Kunduz province followed by heavy fights of Afghan forces, Rashid added.
However, deputy Governor Abdul Qadim Niazai claimed that 21 militants were killed and 23 others wounded during the offensive.
Two Taliban commanders including a bomb maker were also killed in the firefight, he said, adding that 26 villages in Baghlan-i-Markazi district were also cleared of militants.
Only two policemen suffered injuries during the clashes, he said.
Haji Mohammad, a resident of Hematkhel village, said they were satisfied with anti-Taliban offensive by the security forces.
That their area was now under Afghan forces’ control and he hoped the government should extend the operations.
“Taliban would stage comeback if security forces leave, they would start harassing people,” he feared.
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