15 rebels, 2 policemen killed in Badakhshan fight
FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): At least 15 Taliban militants and two policemen have been killed during an operation in the Tagab district of northeastern Badakhshan province, officials said on Monday.
Ahmad Naveed Frotan, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the operation by the Afghan National Army (ANA), police and intelligence personnel continued for 48 hours.
He said three militant commanders -- Talaha, Abdul Basit and Mahmood -- were among the 15 militants killed. However, Taliban claimed the people killed in the operation were civilians.
Frotan confirmed two policemen were also killed and 10 others wounded during the offensive. He added the Tagab had been cleared and the militants pushed to Yamgan district.
“We plan to launch a clearing operation soon in Yamgan, Warduj and Jurm districts,” he continued.Yamgan and Warduj districts had been overrun by the Taliban earlier. Parts of Jurm are under militants’control.
Ahmad Javid, a provincial council member and resident of Jurm, said the operations had been effective because heavy snowfall had blocked exit points for the fighters.
He urged the government to accelerate the offensive to purge the entire province of insurgents. After the snow melted, he argued, the guerrillas would be able to leave the province easily.
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