Taliban militants driven from Takhar’s Ghwaja Ghar
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Security forces cleared Ghwaja Ghar district of northeastern Takhar province of Taliban insurgents during an operation on Saturday, an official said.
The operation was launched at 6am this morning and as a result, the district was completely cleared of militants, the governor’s spokesman, Sunatullah Taimor, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Four security personnel were killed and another two were wounded during the operation that lasted few hours, he said, claiming that the rebels had sustained heavy casualties.
He said the operation against Taliban militants had been launched a few days ago but it was intensified on Saturday. Within a few hours, the district was cleared, he said.
The district chief, Mohammad Omar, said security forces were currently conducting their operation in the last area, Gor Tapah. He said the insurgents were fleeing to northern Kunduz province’s Dasht-i-Archi district from their last stronghold in Khwaja Ghar.
“This morning, the national army, police, local police and other security forces launched operations and cleared the district from Taliban militants. We are trying to establish security posts in areas cleared,” he said.
He said they were considering the establishment of security posts in areas between Ghwaja Ghar and Dasht-i-Archi in order to prevent the rebels from staging a comeback.
The Taliban have so far said nothing in this regard. Ghwaja Ghar has been among insecure districts of Takhar over the past one year and some time ago the rebels seized the district centre for three days.
The district borders Kunduz’s Dasht-i-Archi town. Takhar security officials say if Dasht-i-Archi is cleared of Taliban, the rebels would be unable to stand ground in Ghwaja Ghar.
The Taliban, who captured Takhar’s Darqad district few days ago, are still in control of the town.
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