35 Taliban killed, 40 wounded in Shindand clashes
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Local officials on Thursday claimed 35 Taliban militants have been killed and another 40 wounded during clashes with security forces in the Shindand district of western Herat province.
The clashes broke out on Wednesday when a group of Taliban militants stormed security posts in order to capture the district and the clashes continued until late night, the governor’s spokesman told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Jilani Farhad said the clashes in Char Qala and Sangistan areas resulted in the killing of 35 militants and injuring of 40 more, with the Afghan forces escaping unhurt.
A number of vehicles, weapons and an armoured vehicles belonging to the Taliban were also destroyed during the clashes, the gubernatorial spokesman said.
Meanwhile, Shindand residents told Pajhwok Afghan News that the clashes erupted on Wednesday afternoon and lasted until midnight. Mohammad Nasir, one of them, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the Taliban had been attacking security posts over the past two days, but yesterday’s clash was fierce.
Another resident, Aziz Ahmad, said: “First a clash erupted between gunmen loyal to Mullah Kamran and Mullah Nangyalai and then both locked in clashes with security forces.”
The Taliban have so far said nothing in this regard.
Shindand district, which is 125 kilometres from Herat City, the provincial capital, was recently the scene of fierce clashes between security forces and insurgents.
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