4 Taliban killed, 12 captured alive in Kunduz clashes
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Four Taliban militants have been killed, a dozen captured alive and a number of villages cleared of their presence in northern Kunduz province, the provincial police chief said on Friday.
Brig. Gen. Mohammad Qasim Jangalbagh told Pajhwok Afghan News a clash between Taliban and security forces took place in Dasht-i-Archi district last night.
He said four insurgents were killed and a dozen more were arrested during the clash. He said the dead rebels included Taliban’s military commission official for Dasht-i-Archi, Mullah Wali.
But Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said security forces had neither arrested nor killed any fighter in Dasht-i-Archi. He claimed the government forces had arrested a prayer leader and some civilians in the name of Taliban.
Elsewhere in the province, a number of villages were cleared of Taliban presence as a result of continued operations in Qala-i-Zal district, the town’s administrative head, Mehboob Saeedi, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
He said operations were underway in nearby Dasht-i-Archi district which would be purged of the rebels soon. The rebels captured Dasht-i-Archi some time ago.
A statement issued by the 808 police zone in the north said security forces had recaptured a number of villages from insurgents in Qala-i-Zal district.
But a resident of the district’s bazaar, Habibullah, said security forces had only recaptured three villages --- Afghan Mazar, Saqasqul and Aq Tapa --- from Taliban. He said the Taliban remained in other villages.
Mujahid said security forces had captured areas in Qala-i-Zal where insurgents were not present. He said the security forces had previously abandoned those areas fearing Taliban’s attacks.
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