Casualties as security forces, Taliban clash in Dand-i-Ghori
PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): Afghan security forces clashed with Taliban militants in the Dand-i-Ghori area near the capital of northern Baghlan province, with each side claiming to have inflicted casualties on the other.
Baghlan police spokesman Zabihullah Shuja told Pajhwok Afghan News that a dozen Taliban militants had been killed during 24 hours of operations in the area. He said the dead militants included two commanders namely Qari Aminullah and Maulvi Shoaib.
The police official said security forces had recaptured Salang area from the insurgents. He said three days ago security forces had also wrested back Niazullah, Akakhel and Arab Tapa villages, par of the Salang area, from insurgents.
He claimed 20 bunkers of Taliban had been destroyed and a house-to-house search was underway, saying civilians suffered no casualties because they had left their homes for safety ahead of the operations.
But the Taliban on their website claimed repulsing security forces’ attacks and denied the fighters had been driven from any village.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed eleven security personnel were killed during clashes with the rebels and five others were wounded.
A resident of Niazullah village, Asadullah, said the Taliban had retreated from Salang area towards Joye Naw and Ahmadzai villages. He said they heard artillery fire and flying jets last night and currently gunfire could be heard in Joye Naw area.
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