No threats to Farah City from Taliban, say officials
FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): Local officials on Monday claimed dozens of Taliban militants have been killed in airstrikes in western Farah province, while a public representative said three civilians were also among the dead.
Deputy police chief, Col. Mohammad Ghaws Malyar, said the Afghan forces had retaken the Barankot area of Farah City, the provincial capital, from the Taliban following an overnight battle.
He said dozens of Taliban rebels were killed and 22 others wounded during Afghan forces’ airstrikes in Barankot, Nawbahar, Rajj and Shurabad areas of the city.Malyar said bodies of 25 fighters were still at the site.
Four cars and three motorcycles belonging to the Taliban were also destroyed in the strikes, he added. He did not provide information about security forces’ casualties.
He said that there was currently no threat from the Taliban to Farah City as 700 more Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers had arrived in the province.
However, provincial council headFarid Bakhtawar said 37 Taliban militants were killed in the air raids. Three civilians from one family -- a man and two women -- were also killed in an airstrike in Shurabad area last night.
But Taliban said only three rebels were killed in the Farah offensive.Hundreds of families from Nawbahar and some other areas have been displaced as result of clashes.
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