Attack on Khwaja Ghar led by foreign rebels: Governor
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): The acting governor for northeastern Takhar province said on Friday the Taliban attack on Khwaja Ghar district was led by foreign militants.
On Wednesday night, the insurgents stormed into Khwaja Ghar after seizing the Imam Sahib district of Kunduz province. But the security forces wrested back the town 13 hours after it fell.
Acting Governor Abdul Latif Ibrahimi told journalists in Taloqan, the provincial capital, that the battle for Khwaja Ghar was spearheaded by foreign insurgents.
Pakistani, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Jandullah, Tajikistani and Chechen fighters were leading the Afghan rebels in Khwaja Ghar and Dasht-i-Archi districts, he claimed.
“Yes, I confirm the support of foreigners to Taliban from their base in Kunduz for attacks in different areas including Khwaja Ghar,” the acting governor alleged.
Before leaving Khwaja Ghar, he said, the Taliban set alight the office complex, houses of the district chief, police commander, a government-owned guesthouse and the police headquarters.
Police officer Najibullah Farkhari, who participated in the battle for Khwaja Ghar, said the security personnel has suffered no casualties. Several militants were killed or wounded, he added.
Without giving specific casualty figures, he said: “The Taliban have shifted their dead and wounded associates to Dasht-i-Archi district. Our operations will continue until the area is purged of rebels.”
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