24 Taliban militants killed in Kapisa, Ghazni clashes
MAHMOOD RAQI/GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Security officials on Wednesday claimed 24 Taliban fighters, including six commanders, have been killed during operations in central Kapisa and southern Ghazni provinces, but the rebels denied the claim.
Brig. Gen. Abdul Karim Fayaq, the provincial police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News security forces had launched clearing operations a few days ago in Afghania and Charkala localities of Nijrab district.
So far 12 Taliban insurgents including their three senior commanders had been killed and another 13 injured, he said.
“We launched the operation to ensure security on roads between Jabalus Siraj and Sarobi districts where we had some security issues. The operation is underway.”
At least three Afghan Local Police (ALP) members and three Afghan National Army soldiers were also wounded in the operation, he added.
A resident of Charkala area, Khairullah, said clashes between security forces and Taliban had been underway over the past few days. He said hundreds of families had been displaced from the area.
However, a Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, denied casualties to the fighters. He said the rebels had not been engaged with security forces and the enemy’s claim was aimed at boosting their soldiers’ morale.”
Elsewhere, insurgents stormed check posts of security forces in southern Ghazni province.
At least 12 Taliban fighters were killed in the ensuing clashes in Azaad and Bakhtyar areas of Gilan district.
Rebel commanders Hanzala, Zalmai and Kochni Fidai were among the dead and a policeman was also wounded in the clashes.
Ghazni governor’s spokesman, Javid Salangi, confirmed the clashes and the killing of at least 12 Taliban insurgents and wounding of six others.
A resident of Bakhtyar area of Gilan district, Noor Ahmad, said clashes erupted between security forces and Taliban on Tuesday night, but he had no information about casualties.
Zabihullah, the Taliban spokesman, confirmed the clash in Gilan district and said the fighters killed two ANA soldiers and wounded three others. He confirmed the killing of three fighters in the clashes.
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