Taliban, security forces suffer casualties in Ghorian battle
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Taliban and security forces have suffered casualties during a clash in the Ghorian district of western Herat province, an official said on Wednesday.
Local security officials said the militants conducted a coordinated attack on the district centre on Tuesday evening, with the ensuing firefight lasting until 10pm.
Police spokesman Col. Abdur Rauf Ahmadi told Pajhwok Afghan News the bodies of 10 fighters were still lying at the scene. The rebel casualties might be higher, he suggested.
Some residents claimed five security personnel had also been killed during the gunbattle. But Ahmadi said exact casualty figures could not be ascertained immediately.
He said the insurgents retreated from the district centre after the arrival of reinforcements.
Meanwhile, Ministry of Interior spokesman Sediq Sediqi said 15 guerrillas were killed and a number of others wounded during the clashes.
Eyewitnesses said the militants had captured areas of the district centre and raised their white flag on the office complex. They also torched a security post before the arrival of reinforcements.
It is the third Taliban attack on a Herat district during the past three days. On Monday, the rebels twice stormed Shindand district, but were pushed back.
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