Tirinkot fighting ends amid heavy Taliban casualties
TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): Fighting between the Taliban and security forces in the capital of central Uruzgan province ended on Thursday evening, an official said.
Heavy clashes erupted in the morning when the insurgents stormed into Tirinkot, attacking the police headquarters and the governor’s house.
However, the militants were forced to retreat from the city after the arrival of air support and reinforcements from southern Kandahar province.
Dost Mohammad Nayab, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the rebels suffered heavy casualties in air raids.
He put the Taliban’s toll at 180 dead and 75 others wounded. Eleven policemen also lost their lives in the fighting, which left 17 others injured.
The Provincial Council (PC) chief said Kandahar police commander Gen. Abdur Raziq and the 205th Maiwand Corps commander arrived along with their forces in Tirinkot today.
Abdul Karim Khadimzai said the reinforcements mounted an operation, led by Gen. Raziq, against the militants and pushed them back from different parts of the provincial capital.
“The Taliban have treated and I’m confident they can’t re-enter the city,” remarked the PC head, who had earlier warned of Tirinkot falling to the fighters.
But a Tirinkot resident, Zabihullah, said the Taliban were still hiding in civilian houses in several areas of the city. He added residents were staying indoors.
On the other hand, Taliban spokesman Qari Yousaf Ahmadi denied the rebels’ casualties. He said the movement fighters would soon take control of the provincial capital.
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