8 security personnel among 28 killed in Khamab battle
SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): Local officials on Sunday said the Taliban militants had fled after being defeated in the Khamab district of northwestern Jawzjan province, while militants claimed killing several security personnel.
On Thursday, local officials said the Taliban had been ousted from Khamab as a result of a joint operation of army, police and intelligence, led by Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, first vice-president.
Jawzjan Governor Lutfullah Azizi said 20 militants were killed during the operation on Saturday and the bodies of the rebels were still lying at the scene of the offensive.
He said 10 other insurgents were arrested and 30 weapons and three vehicles were seized during the operation.
Azizi also confirmed the death of eight security personnel in clashes with militants. The operation in Khamab ended and around a hundred militants fled to Qarqin district, he added.He asked the militants to surrender or they would be killed by the security forces.
However, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed they had killed 29 Afghan security personnel, including five commanders, and wounded a number of others in Khamab.
Mujahid confirmed losing seven fighters and injuries to two others during clashes, but he did not comment on militants fleeing Khamab, which they captured on October 12. But the town changed hands after an operation.
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