Fierce fighting in Dand-i-Patan enters second day
GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Intense fighting between the Taliban and security forces in the Dand-i-Patan district of southeastern Paktia province entered a second day on Monday, local officials said.
The insurgents stormed several border security posts on Sunday when fierce clashes erupted in the remote district. The militants captured at least two checkpoints.
Naqeeb Ahmad Atal, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the clashes continued today. The security personnel had retaken the two posts that fell yesterday, he said.
At least two border police officials have been killed and eight others wounded so far, according to the spokesman, who said the Taliban had also suffered casualties. However, he had no specific figures.
A tribal elder from the embattled town, Haji Rahmatullah, said residents were concerned at the continued fighting. “Communication networks have been affected in the area.
“Only one telecommunication company remained functional, but congestion was taking a heavy toll on its performance,” he said, urging effective steps to push back the militants.
Meanwhile, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed the two border security posts were still under their control. Other checkpoints had been surrounded and several policemen killed and wounded, he said.
A month back, many border policemen were killed and two of their posts in the district captured by the Taliban.
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