Foreigners among 28 militants killed in Badakhshan clashes
FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): At least 28 Taliban, including six foreigners, have been killed during clashes in some villages of the Yamgan district of northeastern Badakhshan province, an official said on Saturday.
The insurgents suffered the losses during overnight clashes in Oshangan, an intelligence official told Pajhwok Afghan News. The rebel attacks were beaten back by security forces.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said around 180 foreign fighters, including Chechen, Uzbek, Pakistani and Tajik nationals, had been fighting against security forces.
But Governor Faisal Bekzad claimed 350 foreign insurgents were active in the Dara-i-Khustak locality of Jurm district. On Wednesday night, Yamgan district fell to the Taliban, who tortured some government servants.
Deputy police chief, Col. Sakhi Dad Haidari, had confirmed to Pajhwok Afghan News the security forces had beaten a tactical retreat, taking positions in Oshangan, Spogmai and Hazrat Saeed villages.
Abdullah Naji Nazari, a provincial council member, claimed the Taliban had detained and beaten some government officials. Several people have fled the area, fearing Taliban’s atrocities.
Ahmad Farid, a resident of Oshangan village, confirmed some inhabitants had left the area and sought shelters in other places. He did not have information about causalities.
Download “Pajhwok” mobile App, on your smartphone to read and access latest news, features, interviews, videos and photos about Afghanistan.