Farah fighting leaves civilians’ houses damaged
FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): At least five militants and an Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier were killed and eight militants and ANA soldier wounded and scores of civilians’ houses were demolished in fierce overnight clashes in western Farah province, an official said on Monday.
Ghausuddin, chief of Pushtrud district, told Pajhwok Afghan News around 350 militants were active in Chuck, Dukan, Charmas and Faizabad villages, firing rockets on ANA positions.
The Afghan security forces, he said retaliated and forced rebels to leave the area. At least five militants and one ANA soldier were killed and eight militants and ANA solider were wounded in the firefight, he said.
A woman was also killed and a man and woman wounded when a residential compound came under mortar attack in Chuck village, he added.
The district chief feared civilians suffered casualties by ANA shelling. Scores of houses of civilians were demolished during the clash, he informed.
Mohammad Sadeq, chief of youth council, confirmed killing of a woman and injuries to two civilians. The residents, he said left villages when Taliban stormed the populated areas.
“At least five houses were completely damaged and scores of animals were also killed during the firefight,” he added
Said Mohammad, another resident, said Taliban attacked security check posts last night.
However, militants have not yet commented on the incident. The insurgents’ group confirmed killing of a woman and two civilians in mortar shilling.
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