Taliban siege of Janikhel district broken as commandos arrive
GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Taliban’s siege of the Janikhel district in southeastern Paktia has been broken and the rebels inflicted heavy casualties, an official said on Saturday.
Paktia governor’s spokesman Naqeeb Ahmad Atal told Pajhwok Afghan News the siege was broken after Special Forces and commandos reached the area.
He said the fresh forces during today’s operation killed at least 30 insurgents and injured another 15. He said 20 corpses of the insurgents were sent to the district centre and the insurgents were forced to flee the area.
He said a clearing operation was underway and the entire district would be soon purged of insurgents. The insurgents had placed landmines to prevent security forces from advancing, but the bombs were defused.
Atal said nothing about security personnel casualties.
However, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed that security personnel suffered heavy casualties due to landmine explosions.
Earlier, Paktia provincial council member had expressed concern over Janikhel security situation and had said if serious attention was not paid, the district would soon collapse.
Hundreds of people on Saturday blocked the Kabul-Northway for a second time to press the government to break the Taliban’s siege of Janikhel in order to rescue the trapped security forces.
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