Dozens of besieged anti-Taliban militiamen rescued in Faryab
MAIMANA (Pajhwok): At least 33 villages in Almar and Qaisar districts of western Faryab province were cleared of insurgents and 70 public uprising members rescued after being besieged for 10 days during a newly-launched operation by security forces, the governor on Sunday said.
Syed Anwar Sadat told Pajhwok Afghan News the operation launched two days back was aimed to crush the rebels and break the 10-day siege by insurgents.
He said the offensive had resulted in the killing of at least 29 Taliban insurgents. He said six members of the uprising were also killed and another 10 wounded during clashes with the rebels. Another 40 insurgents had been wounded.
The governor said 90 motorcycles and dozens of various kinds of weapons had been recovered by the security forces from the rebels.
He said some 70 uprising members remained besieged by insurgents for 10 days in Qala-i-Baig of Qaraie area of Almar district and they were finally rescued and 33 villages in Almar and Qaisar districts were also purged of insurgents.
Security and public uprising forces were advancing on Bazar-e-Shakh area of Qaisar district, Sadat said, adding security forces and civilians haven’t suffered casualties during the operation.
The Qaraie-Almar road, which had been blocked over the past eight months, was reopened for traffic and people.
Khairullah Qaraie, a public uprising commander, said dozens of uprising members led by Amin Baig had been surrounded by insurgents in Qala-e-Baig over the past 10 days and their food and water supplies had been cut, but the siege was finally broken and the members rescued with the help of newly-deployed security forces on Sunday morning.
Faryab police said among the killed was a Taliban senior commander Tahir Pahlawan, some Uzbeki and some Pakistani nationals.
There has been no word from the Taliban regarding the operation.
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