10 Taliban killed, 14 injured in Baghlan clashes
PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): Police on Tuesday said 10 Taliban militants were killed and 14 others wounded during an operation aimed at paving the way for repairing of damaged electricity pylons in northern Baghlan province.
Baghlan police chief Brig. Gen. Mohammad Auz told Pajhwok Afghan News that security forces on Monday attacked bunkers of insurgents in Dand Shahabuddin area on the outskirts of Pul-i-Khumri, the provincial capital.
He said the security forces had been able to reach the location where the pylons had been blown up. The clashes left 10 armed militants dead and 14 others wounded. He said another two fighters, residents of northern Balkh and southeastern Paktia provinces, had also been detained.
“Security forces are in control of the area where the pylons are destroyed but the Taliban are firing from a distance. We are trying to completely clear the area of insurgents,” he said.
But Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said government forces sustained heavy casualties when their attacks were repulsed in Dand Shahabuddin area.
On their website, Mujahid claimed the fighters had destroyed a military tank and killed a number of forces, but did not go into details.
Earlier in the day, Da Afghanistan Barishna Sherkat (DABS) spokesman Wahidullah Tawhidi told Pajhwok Afghan News that their technical team had reached 200 close to the site where the pylons had been damaged, but security forces were not allowing the team to start repairing the supply line. However, he said the technical team might be allowed after some time to launch the repair work.
The militants blew up the pylon in Dand-i-Shahabuddin area nearly two weeks before they destroyed three more towers, plunging most of Kabul city into darkness. Residents of Kabul, reliant on electricity imported from Turkmenistan, have suffered a lot due to the resultant blackout.
Taliban have already said they will allow repair of the power transmission line if an ongoing operation in Dand-i-Ghori district is stopped
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