Forces repel Taliban attack on Baghlan-i-Markazi district: Governor
PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): At least 30 Taliban, including notorious commanders, have been killed and 39 others wounded during clashes in the Baghlan-i-Markazi district of northern Baghlan province, an official said on Friday.
Governor Abdul Sattar Barez told reporters the Taliban launched attacks on security forces posts late on Thursday, but faced strong resistance from security forces.
Heavy fighting between security forces and the Taliban were underway until 11:00pm in the night and the insurgents suffered heavy losses.
He said Taliban dreaded Commanders Qari Islam Uzbek, Qari Mohammad Naeem and Qari Ihsanullah were killed in the overnight clashes.
He said the corpses of some insurgents were in the battle ground. The governor did not give information about causalities inflicted on security forces but claimed that forces made advancement in the area.
Malem Rohaullah, the resident of Locality, said the Taliban staged strong attacks on security forces. The group’s fighters reached near to the district centre and capture some areas, but some security personnel were in the area and clashes were underway between the two sides.
He said the resident were unaware of the situation because nobody could come out of their residency due to heavy clashes.
He, however, said the Taliban forced the residents to help transfer their 15 injured fighters and some equipment.
Taliban did not speak about recent clashes in Baghlan-i-Markazi, but the group last night claimed 12 security forces check-posts had been capture, scores of security forces were killed and wound and capture huge amount of weapons and ammunitions.
Taliban attacked the Baghlan-i-Markazi district at a time when the group has recently overrun Dahna Ghori district in the province.
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