Pakistani militants leading Dand-i-Ghori war: Governor
PUL-I-KHMRI (Pajhwok): Three Taliban commanders were among eight militants killed in Dand-i-Ghori and three policemen in Baghlan-i-Markazi district, an official claimed on Wednesday.
Pehlawan, alias Adamkhor (man eater), was among the three Taliban commanders killed during ongoing operations that led to the clearance of Niazullah and Darqad areas, the Baghlan governor said.
Abdul Sattar Barez, addressing a press conference here, alleged: “There are Pakistani Taliban leading the war against the security personnel in Baghlan.”
The deputy chief of army staff, Gen. Murad Ali Murad, who is leading the counter-insurgency operation, said the Taliban from other provinces and masked men, possibly foreign nationals, were involved in the war.
He added the security forces had destroyed three rebel strongholds and inflicted heavy casualties on them, Gen. Murad asserted.
But Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed the fighters had killed 14 Afghan soldiers and injured 15 others during clashes.
He said three Taliban were also killed and five others wounded. Two damaged tanks and dead bodies of five Special Forces soldiers remained at the site before being handed over to International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Separately, a local police commander was killed along with three other policemen in a Taliban attack on their checkpoint in the Qaisarkhel area of Baghlan-i-Markazi district, Deputy Governor Abdul Qadim Niazi said.
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