12 killed in ongoing battle for Yamgan district
FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): At least 10 Taliban insurgents were killed and eight others wounded during an ongoing operation to wrest back control of the Yamgan district of northeastern Badakhshan province, an official said on Monday.
Heavy fighting was underway between security forces and militants over control of the town near the Pakistan border. Two Afghan Local Police men were killed and three others wounded during the ongoing standoff.
Yamgan fell to the Taliban two days back after they attacked security posts, but the district administrative chief rejected if security forces had been defeated, saying they had tactically retreated from their posts.
Deputy provincial police chief Col. Sakhi Dad Haidari told Pajhwok Afghan News security forces, including personnel from the commando and special units, had launched an operation targeting Taliban’s positions.
He said Qari Abdul Basit, Maulvi Mahboobullah, Fazlullah and three other foreign insurgents were among the dead, claiming the forces had advanced 10 kilometers on the district centre also injuring eight militants including their commander Mullah Hafiz.
Haidari did not reveal nationalities of the foreign insurgents fighting against security forces, but others local officials had said Chechen, Tajik, Uzbek and Pakistan militants were fighting alongside local Taliban in Yamgan, Warduj and Juram districts.
Earlier, Brig. Gen. Dawlat Waziri, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) deputy spokesman, said commando forces had been dispatched to Yamgan to coordinate plans with other security forces for regaining control of the district.
Provincial Council Chief Abdullah Naji Nazari said the district fell after reinforcements failed to reach in-time. He hoped the district would be recaptured soon and would be purged of rebels.
The Taliban have said nothing about the latest developments, but they had earlier claimed 18 security men were killed and some were wounded during the clashes in Yamgan. The group spokesman had added 10 policemen, who tried to hide, were captured alive.
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