Hunt for Taliban on as Afghan forces capture Dand-i-Ghori
PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): The governor of northern Baghlan province on Thursday claimed security forces had captured the Dand-i-Ghori area and evicted Taliban militants during an ongoing operation.
Abdul Sattar Bariz told Pajhwok Afghan News in Dand-i-Ghori area on the outskirts of Pul-i-Khumri, the provincial capital, that the Taliban militants fled Dand-i-Ghori area last night and moved into the Chonghar mountains in Dehna Ghori district near the border with Samangan province.
He said the Taliban put up a stiff resistance until yesterday but they lost the ability to fight on due to a fuggy air and enough number of security forces. He said security forces were currently in control of the area, raiding suspected houses.
Yesterday, local officials said security forces captured Niazullah, Akakhel, Arab Tapa and Salangha areas from militants who remained in control of their stronghold Juwi Naw and Ahmadzai villages until last night.
The Taliban have so far said nothing in this regard.
The National Security Council had recently ordered security forces to clear the Dand-i-Ghori area of militants.
At least 17 rockets have been fired from Dand-i-Ghori area into Pul-i-Khumri, with the latest rocket attack taking place last night when two rockets were fired into the city.
No one got hurt in the latest rocket strike, but the previous such attacks had left at two persons dead and several others wounded. In the previous attack, the deputy governor’s office was hit by a rocket.
Residents of Pul-i-Khumri wonder why the government has been unable to prevent the rocket attacks despite weeks of operations in Dand-i-Ghori.
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