Several Baghlan civilians feared dead, wounded in clashes
PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): The residents in northern Baghlan province on Monday voiced concerns about spike in civilian casualties during the clashes and urged warring parties to consider safety of civilians.
Clashes between insurgents and Afghan security forces started on Sunday in Dand-i-Ghor locality in the vicinity of the provincial capital Pul-i-Khumri.
Since last month Dand-i-Ghori has been under control of insurgents and the government has launched operations to retake the area.
Local residents expressed concerns about a rise in civilian casualties and displacements of several families.
Arbab Nazir, a resident of Safi Khan village, said two men and a young girl were killed and 23 more wounded in the clashes since yesterday.
He told Pajhwok Afghan News the three people had been laid to rest in Postak locality of Dand-i-Ghori.
Arbab said he himself along with some other men had come to Postak locality from Safid Khan and they did not know about the fate of their families.
Dr. Shah Mohammad Hofiani, spokesman of public health department, said six children, a woman, and two men wounded in the fighting had been shifted to the provincial hospital. Two of them, he added, were in critical condition.
Another local elder who wished to go unnamed said: “Taliban fired mortars on our houses and we are stuck in this conflict.” He urged insurgents and government forces to prevent inflicting casualties on civilians.
On Sunday security officials said some parts of Dand-i-Ghori had been cleared of insurgents in operations codenamed Khurshid 4. He said 18 insurgents had been killed in the offensives and 37 wounded.
Police and the Taliban blamed each other for civilian casualties.
Zabihullah Shuja, police spokesman, said security forces demonstrated extra care to avoid civilian casualties.
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