4 rebels killed, 11 arrested in Faryab offensive
MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Four militants, including three foreign nationals, have been killed and 11 others arrested during an operation conducted in parts of northeastern Faryab province, an official said Saturday.
Ghulam Haidar Haidari, commander of the 209th Shaheen Military Corps, told Pajhwok Afghan News the joint offensive was launched by Afghan National Army (ANA) Afghan National Police (ANP) and National Directorate of Security (NDS) and cleared several areas in Qaisar district.
Four rebels including two of Uzbek rebels and a Pakistani were killed and 11 others arrested in the operation, he said, adding, “Taliban have always used these areas to launch attacks on Afghan forces, but we have cleared these areas.”
He said militants were also blocking roads in the area and torching vehicles but now they were forced to leave the area.
Faryab police chief Brig. Gen. Subhan Qul Ibrahimi said several security posts were established on Qiasar-Ghormach road for security.
A day earlier, the convoy of 1st Vice-President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum came under attack in the Qaisar district, but he and his colleagues escaped unhurt.
Last week, Dostum had said during his trip to Faryab that he did not go there to raise private militia groups but he was guiding Afghan security forces and local people against insurgents.
A local resident wishing anonymity said he saw bodies of militants were being carried on Dostum tank.
However, Taliban in their website claimed nine forces of Dostum were killed in the attack. It confirmed the death of two militants.
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