After 2 days of calm, clashes resume in Khamab
SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): Clashes between security forces and insurgents have resumed in the Khamab district of northern Jawzjan province after two days of calm.
On Thursday, the Taliban were ousted from the district as a result of a joint operation of army, police and intelligence, led by Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, first vice-president.
The insurgents, who had taken up positions in small islands in Amu River, resumed their attacks on security forces Saturday morning, the provincial police chief said.
Brig. Gen. Faqir Mohammad Jawzjani told Pajhwok Afghan News the operations led by Gen. Dostum were ongoing. In Saturday’s operations, 16 Taliban were gunned down and four more detained.
Jawzjani said security forces were pursuing Taliban fighters in different localities of the district and the enemy was on the run. He added security forces personnel also lost their lives and four more wounded.
Eng. Ahmad, Khamab district chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News through a telephone conversation that four Taliban district chiefs were fighting against security forces in the district. Security forces tried to detain the shadow-district chiefs alive.
Qurban Quli, a resident of Khamab, said before the operations routes to the district was closed, causing a drastic spike in prices of essentials. Clashes are out of the district centre.
Two days back, security officials had announced clearing the district of insurgents following heavy casualties to Taliban.
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