40pc of Darqad territory recaptured from Taliban
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Security forces have wrested back 40 percent territory of Darqad district in northern Takhar province from Taliban militants, an official said on Tuesday.
The Taliban captured Darqad district last month after six hours of fighting with security forces overnight.
Takhar governor’s spokesman Sunattullah Taimor told Pajhwok Afghan News security forces had launched operations to recapture Darqad district.
He said so far as a result of the operations, 40 percent areas of the town had been brought under their control by the security forces.
He said three security personnel were killed and another four wounded during the operations. However, the spokesman said nothing about casualties among the insurgents.
Taimor said the operations in Darqad had been temporarily stopped and would be resumed soon.
He said Governor Mohammad Yasin Zia, police chief Brig. Gen. Noor Mohammad Hakimi and provincial intelligence chief Dr. Gulistan were in Darqad as part of the operations.
A resident of the district, Sher Dil, told Pajhwok Afghan News clashes between security force and militants were underway over the past two days.
“Security forces have stopped their tanks in Khwaja Bahauddin district from where they fire. So far several houses have been destroyed and a large number of household animals killed.” The resident urged security forces to stop firing at people’s home.
The Taliban also confirmed clashes with security forces in the district, with the group spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, saying security forces arrived in the district for operations a day earlier, but the fighters had prior information about their arrival.
He said 10 security personnel were killed and several others wounded and their three tanks destroyed during clashes with the insurgents.
Mujahid said nothing if the fighters had suffered any casualties.
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