Heavy clashes break out near Baghlan capital
PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): Heavy clashes erupted overnight between security forces and Taliban militants on the outskirts of the provincial capital of northern Baghlan province, with the rebels capturing some areas, officials and residents said on Thursday.
The clashes broke out in Dand-i-Shahabuddin and Dand-i-Ghori localities of Pul-i-Khumri, the capital city, after the insurgents stormed security forces posts on Wednesday night, an official said.
Police Chief Brig. Gen. Mohammad Ewaz Naziri told Pajhwok Afghan News the Taliban captured some areas and security forces launched an operation codenamed “Navida” to retake the captured areas.
Naziri did not say if Dand-i-Ghori was lost to Taliban, but the rebels had apparently captured most of its parts.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed the fighters took control of Dand-i-Ghori late on Wednesday after attacking security forces. Four tanks of the security forces were also destroyed, he said.
Ahmad Shah, a resident of the area, said the Taliban on Wednesday blocked the road leading to Dehna Ghori and captured some villages.
The strategic Dand-i-Ghori locality is four kilometres from Pul-i-Khumri and was retaken from militants two months ago after a prolonged military campaign.
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