ANA commander dead in Ghor attack
FIROZKOH (Pajhwok): Col. Shoaib Bakhshi, commander of the 207th Zafar Military Corps was killed and four other soldiers wounded in a mortar shell believed to be fired by Taliban in western Ghor province, an official said on Sunday.
Abdul Hai Khatibi, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Col. Bakhshi arrived in Ghor province on Saturday in order to reopen the road between Pasaband district and Firozkoh, the provincial capital, when he came under militants’ attack.
Five Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were wounded who were evacuated to Ghor Civil Hospital, he added.
Taliban have blocked the way between Pasaband and Firozkoh since last one week and security forces were trying to reopen the highway, he added.
The slain commander was hailing from Panjsher whose dead body had been shifted to Kabul, he added.
Lt. Gen. Taj Mohammad Jahid, commander of 207th Zafar Military Corps in Ghor, said: “We lost one of our brave officers.”
Taliban claimed responsibility for killing of officer.
Pasaband is one of the insecure districts of the province where rebels had been active in most parts of the area.
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