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Taliban attack on Maimana repulsed with people’s help

Taliban attack on Maimana repulsed with people’s help

Oct 05, 2015 - 11:35

MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Security forces have repulsed a Talibaninfo-icon attack on Maimana, the capital of northwestern Faryab province, an official said on Monday.

Local security officials said the insurgents stormed the first, ninth and eighth police districts from four sides late on Sunday night.

Deputy Governor Abdul Sattar Barez told Pajhwok Afghan News the militants had reached near the Faryab Central Jail, but their jailbreak attempt was thwarted.

“The Taliban planned to mount a Kunduz-like attack on Maimana, but local people and security forces were fully prepared and pushed the militants back,” he said.

Barez added the attackers suffered heavy casualties and the death of a commanders Sheikh Wali Jan was confirmed. More details about casualties would be provided later.

But a National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) official, who wished to go unnamed, said 28 militants, including commander Maulviinfo-icon Habibullah, were killed in the Maimana fight.

He said a tank and three Ranger pick-ups, which the Taliban had captured from Afghan forces in Almar district, were also destroyed. But the rebels have not yet commented on the incident.

Firozuddin, a resident of Tor Pakhto area of Maimana, said the guerillas and the security forces used heavy weapons that created panic among the people.

Another inhabitant of the city, Abdul Salam, said the security situation had returned to normal, with shops and markets opened in the morning.

A day earlier, hundreds of Maimana residents held a gathering, pledging support to the security forces in the event of a Taliban attack.


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