Taliban, security personnel suffer casualties in Faryab clashes
MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Fresh clashes have erupted between Taliban and security forces in northwestern Faryab provinces, with each side claiming to have inflicted casualties on the other.
A string of firefights took place in Ghormach, Qaisar and Pashtunkot districts of the province over the past 24 hours, an Afghan National Army (ANA) official said.
Mohammad Reza Rezaee, commander of ANA’s 209th Shaheen Corps, told Pajhwok Afghan News two fighters had been killed and four wounded during an ongoing operation in Pashtunkot.
He had no information about casualties in Qaisar and Ghormach. So far, six Taliban have been killed and a dozen others wounded during the offensive in Pashtunkot.
Rahmatullah Qaisari, the administrative chief of Qaisar district, said four militants and a soldier had been killed during a clash in Konjak area. One ambulance was torched by the rebels.
But Qari Wakeel, posing as Taliban commander in the district, claimed his men had killed nine security personnel and wounded 19 others. Only one insurgents had been killed, he said.
Meanwhile, the movement’s spokesman Qari Yousaf Ahmadi said several soldiers were killed and two tanks destroyed during an attack on a convoy of security forces in the Chehalgazi area of Qaisar.
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