5 Kunduz villages cleared of Taliban: police
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Security forces inflicted heavy casualties on Taliban militants and cleared five villages in Chardarah district of northern Kunduz province during overnight operations, an official said on Tuesday.
However, the Taliban also claimed killing and wounding seven security personnel during the clashes.
Kunduz police chief Brig. Gen. Mohammad Qaseem Jangalbagh told Pajhwok Afghan News the security forces had suffered no casualties during the operations conducted last night.
He said at least eight Taliban’s military centers were destroyed during the joint clearing operations by security and detective forces in Ghondi, Kharoti, Khalazi and Pul-i-Saidamin villages of Chardarah district.
But Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed the fighters killed three public order policemen and injured four others in Chardarah district. He also denied the fighters suffered casualties.
Syed Ahamd, a resident of Ghondi village, said their village, which had been in Taliban’s control for the past eight months was cleared by security forces on Monday night.
He said the Taliban still controlled Khalazi and Kharoti villages. At least 20 families including Syed Ahamd’s familiy were displaced to a neighboring village but they returned after the security situation got better.
Jangalbagh confirmed the exodus, but said the families had returned to their homes and escaped unhurt during the operations.
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