Taliban attack on Herat’s Shindand district repulsed
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): The Taliban suffered heavy casualties as security forces repulsed a militant attack on the Shindand district of western Herat province, an official said on Monday.
Ehsanullah Hayat the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News a group of insurgents stormed the police and intelligence headquarters of the district on Sunday night.
He said the assault triggered an intense clash at 7pm that continued until 1am. One policeman was killed and another wounded during the firefight, he said, adding a military tank was also destroyed.
Hayat continued the militants wanted to capture the police headquarters, but their designs were frustrated. The fighters suffered heavy casualties, he claimed, without giving exact figures.
A number of Shindand residents, meanwhile, claimed the deputy police chief for the district was also killed during the firefight. But the governor’s spokesman rejected the claim as baseless.
Residents expressed concern about increased insecurity and asked the state organs concerned to conduct a clearing operation against the Taliban.
But security officials in Herat said there were enough security personnel in Shindand to fight against the rebels, who have not yet commented on the overnight attack.
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