Many Taliban killed as security forces retake 2 districts
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): The security personnel have recaptured Chardara and Qala-i-Zal districts of northern Kunduz province, inflicting heavy casualties on rebels, officials claimed on Wednesday.
The Chardara district was retaken on Tuesday night as a result of a joint military operation by Afghan and NATO forces, the provincial police chief said.
Brig. Gen. Mohammad Qaseem Jangalbagh, told Pajhwok Afghan News dozens of Taliban fighters were killed and many of their vehicles destroyed during the operation.
Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers, commandos and police participated in the operation, in which civilians suffered no casualties, said 1st Commando Brigade spokesman in the northern zone, Javed Salimi.
Meanwhile, a statement from the Ministry of Defence said the insurgents suffered heavy losses during the joint operation in Chardara district, but the ANA personnel remained unharmed.
The security personnel retook burnt buildings district and the Taliban took away military vehicles and equipment they seized as a result of an attack on the district centre, claimed a resident of Domshakh village, Niamatullah.
If the government does place more security personnel, there is the fear Taliban to capture the district again, so the people of the district would not say if they Taliban come back, he said.
Meanwhile, the Qala-i-Zal district chief, Mahbubullah Saeedi, said Afghan forces had retaken the district headquarters that was held by Taliban for three hours. Twenty Taliban fighters were killed and 30 others wounded in the gun-battle.
Three security personnel were also killed in the clash involving public uprising men, he said, adding local people suffered no casualties in the battle.
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