Over a dozen Taliban perish in Badakhshan airstrike
FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): At least 13 Taliban have been killed and six others wounded in an airstrike by the Afghan Air Force in the the Warduj district of northeastern Badakhshan province, an official said on Monday.
Deputy police chief Col. Shaki Dad Haidari told Pajhwok Afghan News the bombardment took place late on Sunday. Two children were killed by rockets fired by the Taliban, he alleged.
Dawlat Mohammad Khawar, the town’s administrative chief, said a huge cache of weapons and ammunitions had been destroyed in the air assault.
Security forces and Taliban have been locked in heavy clashes in the Tirgaran locality of the district for four days and finally the military post fell to insurgents with more than 100 security personnel held captive by the group.
However, the provincial police chief accused the Afghan Local Police (ALP) and border guards of surrendering to the Taliban in Warduj district.
Gen. Baba Jan absolved police and blamed Nazirullah Shah, a senior border police official in the north, and ALP for reaching a shameful deal with the enemy and handing them over a strategically important base.
On his facebook wall, he questioned the surrender of border police and ALP commanders at a time when they did not run short of weapons and other equipment.
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