30 Taliban fighters eliminated in Faryab, claim officials
MAIMANA (Pajhwok): The local officials of northern Faryab province on Wednesday said that they have killed 30 Taliban insurgents during a clash in the Garziwan district of the province.
Thirty Taliban insurgents including their several commanders were killed and five others wounded during a clash between security personnel and Taliban fighters on Tuesday in the Jar Qala area of Gharziwan district, Faryab governor Syed Anwar Sadat told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Eighty percent of the areas have been cleared of the presence of militants, he said.
Taliban commanders, Mullah Alim Khanjar and Maulvi Khitab, were among the slain insurgents, the provincial police chief, Col. Syed Aqa Indarabi, said adding Taliban left behind their seven dead bodies in the area.
He didn’t disclose the casualties inflicted on security personnel during Tuesday’s gun battle, but said an Afghan police officer, two Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers and four public uprising members lost their lives during the Zafar operations in the past two weeks.
The operation has been slowed because the militants use civilians’ houses while attacking on security personnel, but Afghan forces have been trying not to harm civilians, he said adding hundreds of insurgents inflicted casualties in the past two weeks in the province.
They could not come out of their houses as Taliban use the residential areas as their trenches and don’t allow people to leave the area, a resident of Garziwan district, who wished anonymity, said.
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