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Thousands of civilians flee fighting in Jawzjan’s Aqcha district

Thousands of civilians flee fighting in Jawzjan’s Aqcha district

Jan 28, 2016 - 11:56

SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): Thousands of residents have been displaced as a result of overnight clashes in the Aqcha district of northern Jawzjan, an official said on Thursday.

Batoor Ashchi, the town’s administrative chief, said the Talibaninfo-icon attacked Tabi, Aqcha Numa, Ariq, Orta and Jabbar Shaheed villages. Ten assailants were killed and 15 others wounded.

He added the insurgents fired dozens of mortar shells at the police headquarters building. One of them hit a civilian house, killing a 22-year-old man.

He said most of the shells failed to hit the target and security officials escaped unhurt in the attack.

But Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman, claimed tens of security personnel had been killed in a group attack on the district police headquarters.

He confirmed the loss of one fighter and said three tanks and a vehicle were also destroyed.

Asadullah Bahram, a resident of Aqcha, said: “Right now, I have come out of my home and would travel to Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province.”

According to Bahram, hundreds of families fled their homes, fearing the clashes could escalate. Most of the shops had been closed in the area, he said.

But the district chief said the villages captured by the Taliban last night had been retaken and security forces were advancing on insurgent positions.


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