Takhar’s Darqaq recaptured, 26 Taliban killed
TALUQAN (Pajhwok): Security forces regained control of Darqad district of northern Takhar province from Taliban insurgents after two days of a clearing operation, an official said on Sunday.
At least 26 insurgents, including Maulvi Basir Talha, the Taliban’s shadow district chief of Yangi Qala district, were killed and another 14 wounded during the two days of clashes, Sunatullah Taimour, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
One security personnel from the Special Forces Unit was killed and four others were wounded in the clashes, he added.
He said Gen. Murad Ali Murad, the ground forces commander, Governor Mohammad Yasin Zia and Police Chief Brig. Gen. Noor Mohammad Hakimi supervised the operations.
According to Taimur, the Taliban had taken shelter in a forest near the border with Tajikistan and Tajik forces had been informed about possible infiltration of Taliban across the border.
Hakimi also confirmed Durqad district had been retaken form insurgent and a search operation was underway, in which 40 Taliban fighters had been arrested.
Ahmad Zubair, a resident of the district, said Taliban militants were still in control of most areas of the district, believing the rebels had deliberately handed over the district to security forces.
The Taliban did not confirm their defeat in Darqad, but the group’s spokesman said heavy casualties had been inflicted on security forces during clashes in the troubled town.
Taliban captured Darqad district two months ago and it was the second clearing operation by security forces to wrest back control of the vital district.
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