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Afghan forces recapture Want Wegal district: Governor

Afghan forces recapture Want Wegal district: Governor

Jun 26, 2015 - 18:34

ASADABAD (Pajhwok): Acting governor Hafiz Abdul Qayyum said that afghan Security Forces regained control of Want Wegal district on Friday--- the district captured militants briefly in eastern Nuristan province.  

Talibaninfo-icon fighters on Friday torched the district office building and other residential areas soon after taking control of the district.

The governor said that Afghan security forces recaptured the district at around 4:00 pm today. Afghan security forces, he said, arrived in the district center and launched cleanup operation in the area.  

Rehmatullah, the district chief, himself arrived in Want Wegal district and hoisted Afghan National flag in the district center. He confirmed recovering four dead bodies of policemen. The 17 missing policemen, he said, had just joined them.

Taliban militants have not commented on the incident.

Earlier, hundreds of insurgents stormed the district center which sparked heavy fighting since Thursday, Eng. Saadullah, head of provincial assembly, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

He said district fell to Taliban and insurgents hoisted their flag on a building. Taliban set the district office and residential areas on fire, he said, adding that casualties were inflicted on civilians and military personnel but he had no exact figure.

Following chaos, he said that several security forces were feared made hostage or disappeared amid communication breakdown in the district. “We have already informed defence and interior ministries that the district would fall to militants if they didn’t send reinforcements or take immediate action,” he complained.

Around 2,000 to 3,000 militants in black dresses came from Kunar and the other side of the Durand Lineinfo-icon, who could not be identified as who they really were.

Brig. Gen. Khalilullah Ziaee, provincial police chief, confirmed fall of the district in militants’ control and said that both the sides suffered casualties. “We have retreated from the district but the fight has been ongoing in some areas,” he said.

Acting Governor Hafiz Abdul Qayyum denied the district had fallen to rebels but confirmed intense fighting were underway at two kilometers away from the district.  The acting governor said the other day: “Neither the district is besieged nor it has threats of falling to militants. Taliban have attacked but our security forces are strong enough to retaliate.”

Zabihullah Mujahid, Taliban spokesman, twitted that militants got control of the district and 16 security check posts. Scores of security forces had been killed and huge cache of arms and ammunition seized in the gun battle. Eight militants were killed or injured during the fight, he stated.

Want Wegal district is situated adjacent to Manogay district where insurgents have control on some of the areas.


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