Intelligence officer among 11 killed in Badakhshan fighting
FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): An intelligence officer, four security personnel and seven militants have been killed during ongoing fighting in the Yamgan district of northeastern Badakhshan province, an official said on Wednesday.
Ahmad Naveed Frotan, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the Taliban launched coordinated attacks on the district centre this morning. Clashes are still ongoing.
He said that 10 rebels and three security personnel had been killed and five militants wounded so far. The gubernatorial spokesman offered no further details of the fighting.
However, a National Directorate of Security (NDS) official, wishing anonymity, revealed Ghulam Ali Faramarz, the district intelligence chief, was among the dead.
An influential figure of the area said the militants used military tanks and heavy weapons they had captured previously from security forces. He expressed concern the security situation might worsen.
But provincial police chief, Col. Sakhi Dad Haidari, said reinforcements were leaving the Badakhshan airport for the district. The Taliban have not yet commented on the situation.
The militants said they had killed nine Afghan Local Police (ALP) members, including a commander, in Raghestan district. They also claimed seizing a rocket, four Kalashnikovs and some ammunitions from security forces. But local officials denied Taliban claim.
Some months ago, Yamgan district fell to the Taliban militants, but the Afghan forces recaptured it as a result of an operation after two weeks.
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