5,000 rebels killed & wounded in southeast in a year
GARDEZ (Pajhwok): At least 5,000 insurgents have suffered casualties during the past one year in southeastern provinces, a senior police official said on Saturday.
Maj. Gen. Assadullah Shirzad, the 303rd Spinghar zone police commander, told a press conference here that the Afghan security forces had inflicted heavy casualties on the Taliban in Paktia, Paktika, Khost, Logar, Ghazni, Miadan Wardak and Bamyan province, killing and wouding some 5000 rebels as a result of an operation codenamed “Zafar”.
At least 400 soldiers also suffered casualties during the year when insurgents were unable to capture any district thanks to enhanced coordination among security forces, he added.
Shirzad called on the Taliban to arrive at the peace talks or face dire consequences.
In addition to Taliban, he said Daesh and other groups active in the Spinghar zone had failed to reach their targets during the year.
However, a Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, disputed Shirzad’s claim about Taliban casualties, saying the government was hiding its defeat by making such remarks.
He said security forces hadn’t conducted any major operation in the zone, but some small attacks in which the security forces suffered more casualties than the rebels.
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