Taliban’s shadow district chief among 6 killed in Faryab
MAIMANA (Pajhwok): A Taliban-designated district chief and five other rebels have been killed in the Pashtoonkot district of northwestern Faryab province, an official said on Sunday.
Governor Syed Anwar Sadattold Pajhwok Afghan News Damla Noorul Haq, the shadow district chief, was hit by a mortar shell fired by the army in Khwaja Musa area on Saturday night.
He said five associates of the Taliban district chief were also killed during.Noorul Haq had recently warned the government of torchingoil tankers and cutting power cables if the fuel supplies were not allowed to area under Taliban control.
But the governor categorically refused to allow fuel supplies to the area. While spurning Haq’s warning, he said clearing operations would be launched soon against the militants.
On the other hand, the government and Taliban claimed inflicting casualties on each other during pitched battles in the district.
Massoud Ahmad Massoud, commander of Junbish-i-Millie (JIM) led by Gen. Abdur Rashid Dostum, said Khwaja Musa Bazaar was cleared of militants on Saturday.
He claimed a large number of fighters suffered casualties during the fighting, with some bodies still in the control of security forces. He added 17 weapons were also seized from the rebels.
A security official, wishing not to be named, said three Afghan Local Police (ALP) members were also killed and 14 others wounded in the clashes.
A doctor at the Afghan-Turk Hospital in Maimanaconfirmed receiving three dead bodies and 11 injuredpeople, three of them in critical condition.
Without commentingon the loss of their district chief, the Taliban claimed killing six soldiers, wounded several others and destroying an army a tank. They also claimed seizing a tank.
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