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Afghan forces recapture Yamgan district

Security & Crime


Afghan forces recapture Yamgan district

Jun 21, 2015 - 11:25

Afghan forces recapture Yamgan district

FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): After fierce clashes with heavily-armed militants, Afghan security forces have regained control of the Yamgan district of northeastern Badakhshan province with killing of 120 insurgents, an official said Sunday.

The district fell to Talibaninfo-icon after insurgents inflicted heavy casualties on security forces on June 6.

Provincial police chief Col. Sakhi Dad Haidari told Pajhwok Afghan News the district was recaptured after severe fight with militants today morning.

However, he had no exact number of rebels’ casualties but said that a number of notorious Taliban commanders were among the dead.

The militants including foreigners had been forced to flee to Khastak valley of Juram district of Badakhshan, he said.

Local officials said that around 250 foreign rebels were supporting Taliban insurgents in Yamgan, Warduj and Juram districts.

Haidari said that Afghan National Army (ANA) commandos, special order police and Afghan Local Police (ALP) had participated in the operation.

However, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) in a statement said that 120 militants including foreigners were killed or wounded during the joint operation launched for control of Yamgan district.

Notorious Taliban commanders including Mullahinfo-icon Hafiz, Maulviinfo-icon Sabir, Mullah Shukrullah, Rustam and Mullah Hasham were also among the dead, the statement said. The ministry did not clear the exact number of insurgents killed in the operation.

But Badakhshan governor’s spokesman Ahmad Navid Frotan said that 70 militants including 20 foreign nationals had been killed in Yamgan during the past two weeks. Taliban shadow governor Maulvi Nooruddin, Taliban commanders Maulvi Hafiz, Qari Abdul Basit, Maulvi Mabobullah and Fazlullah were also killed in the fight.

Five security personnel also died and 12 others wounded during clashes, Frotan said.

Taliban did not comment on fate of the district.

As a result of violence in Yamgan during the past two weeks, hundreds of families displaced, with residents were in serious need of food and other items.


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