35 rebels dead in Kajaki showdown: District chief
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Afghan security forces claimed killing 35 militants in the days long fighting in Kajaki district in southern Helmand province as the showdown triggered acute food shortage in the area.
The district police chief Capt. Faizullah Akhundzada told Pajhwok Afghan News that security forces and Taliban were locked in intense gun fire for the last four days.
With the exception of Tangi and Kajaki areas, rests of the localities were in rebels’ control, he said adding: “We have stepped up fight to recapture the areas fell into Taliban control.”
Notorious Taliban commanders Mullah Afzal alias Mutassimj and another leading militants whose name could not be immediately ascertained were among the dead rebels.
Three Afghan National Army (ANA) and Afghan National Police (ANP) and 45 Taliban were wounded in the clashes, he added. The firefight was still ongoing.
Fresh reinforcement of Afghan security forces had been sent in to the area to flush out anti-statement elements from the region, he added.
“Afghan forces and residents of the tense areas are facing acute food shortages,” he noted.
But Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi claimed killing 43 security forces and seizing a number of police check posts. He said that fighting was underway in Kajaki, Sangin and Grishak districts.
Only one militant had been killed and three others injured in the days long gun battle, he claimed.
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