Security forces among 9 dead in Jawzjan gunbattles
SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): Security officials in northern Jawzjan province on Tuesday said six Taliban fighters had been killed and five others wounded during a clash in Tosh Tapa district.
But the insurgents claimed 21 Afghan soldiers were killed, wounded and captured during the clash.
Maj. Reza Rezaee, spokesman for the 209th Shaheen Military Corps, told Pajhwok Afghan News the clashes happened in Khan Aqa, Turkmen and Oldi Chaqma Choqur villages.
He said security forces defused four landmines in the area, but a fifth exploded, claiming the lives of two Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier and one policeman.
He added reinforcements were about to reachthe area, where a clearing operation would be launched soon.
But Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed six soldiers were killed, a dozen wounded and three others captured during fighting.
Sher Mohammad, a resident of Sher Baig village, said scores of domestic animals had been lost as a result of the ongoing fighting in the five villages. He said residents had fled the area and migrated to other places.
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