3 Faryab districts under attack from rebels
MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Hundreds of armed insurgents, including foreign fighters, have launched attacks on security posts in three districts of northwestern Faryab province, with both the sides suffering casualties, officials said on Sunday.
Provincial council head Syed Abdul Baqi Hashimi told Pajhwok Afghan News the attackers, including Pakistani and Uzbek militants, overran two security posts from uprising members and 10 villages on Saturday night.
The villages were recaptured by Afghan forces but the two posts remained in control of the rebels, he added.
An uprising member was killed and three others, including a commander Syed Muzafar, were wounded during the clashes in Almar district, Hashimi said.
He added two Afghan Local Police (ALP) members were also killed in Arclik area of Qaisar district.
“A meeting at the governor’s house involving National Directorate of Security (NDS) and security officials discussed the situation in the districts today,” he said, adding that additional security forces had reached the areas under attack.
Hashimi warned many districts could fall if the Afghan Air Force did not support the ground forces.
An ALP commander Khairullah Qarayee from Qarayee area of Almar district said a fierce fighting was underway in the area and so far several Taliban militants had been killed.
He had no exact figures for casualties among the uprising members, rebels and civilians.
Qaiser district chief Abdul Jamil Siddeqi said two policemen were killed when a group of Taliban militants stormed their posts in Arclik area of the district last evening. He had no information about Taliban casualties.
Faryab police spokesman Sayed Massoud Yaqubi said reinforcements had reached the trouble areas and had inflected heavy casualties on Taliban militants.
A day earlier, security officials claimed killing 23 rebels including Pakistanis and Uzbeks in the Pashton Kot preventing them from attacking the Kohistan district of Faryab.
There has been no word from the Taliban about these incidents so far.
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