Nearly a dozen rebels dead in Qaisar, Ghormach operations
MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Nearly a dozen insurgents were killed and 16 more wounded during operations in northern Faryab province, officials said on Wednesday.
The operations were conducted in Chehlgazi, Bazar-i-Charshanbe and Do-Abi localities of Qaisar and the Ashorzai neighbourhood of Ghormach district.
It added the bodies of four Taliban from the Bala Murghab district of Badghis province were still lying at the scene.
In the ongoing operations codenamed “Sword 15,” at least 16 insurgents and four army soldiers suffered injuries, the statement said.
Sayed Abdul Baqi Hashemi, provincial council head, said eight Taliban were killed in Charshanbe Bazaar by police and uprising forcemembers. He added 13 more insurgents were wounded.
Bismillah, a local police commander, told Pajhwok Afghan News they had handed over the bodies to the Taliban.
On the other hand, Taliban spokesmanQari Yousuf Ahmadi claimed the group had overrun four check-posts in the Abgarmak locality of Ghormach.
Meanwhile, a security official acknowledged three army posts in north of Ghormach had been surrounded by the Taliban.
Col. Mohammad Reza Rezaee, spokesperson for the Shaheen Military Corps, said the posts located a kilometre from the army base were in contact with them and were not surrounded by the insurgents.
He said the operations,which were initiated two days back for reopening of the Qaisar-Ghormach highway and regaining control of Ghormach district, were on going at a slow clip due to the mines implanted on the routes.
The Taliban overran Ghormach four days back. Based on reports, the rebels also killed 12 policemen in Ghormach and took the district police chief hostage along with 17 others.
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