Taliban gun down Junbish-i-Islami commander in Faryab
MAIMANA (Pajhwok): One uprising commander was killed and another joined the Taliban along with 10 fighters in northwestern Faryab province, officials said on Monday.
Mohammad Saleh Saleh, administrative chief for Almar district, told Pajhwok Afghan News Commander Abdul Wahab was killed during an overnight clash with the Taliban. He had affiliation with the Junbish-i-Islami party.
But Abdul Manan Qate, a provincial council member, claimed Abdul Wahab who wielded a lot of influence in mobilising the people against Taliban, was killed by a machinegun bullet.
Meanwhile, the Taliban claimed at least 20 uprising fighters led by Commander Mohammad Anwar had joined their ranks in the Sar Chakan locality of Garziwan district.
But Abdul Razzaq Kakar, the district chief, said Anwar had announced his affiliation with the Taliban some 10 days back. Another 10 men might have joined him, he suggested.
Locals expected Anwar to become Taliban’s district chief after the group overran Garziwan, but security forces soon wrested back the town’s control and the militant went into hiding.
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