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Fierce battle underway for Zar Ab district of Jawzjan

Fierce battle underway for Zar Ab district of Jawzjan

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Oct 02, 2015 - 15:29

SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): Heavy fighting is underway after Talibaninfo-icon stormed the Zar Ab district of northern Jawzjan province from four sides on Friday, an official said.

Zabihullah Zahid, the town’s administrative chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News the insurgents launched attacks at around 7:00am from Zardi area on the district headquarters.

Intense fighting was ongoing as of 12:00pm between security forces and the assailants, he said, adding the supply route from Pusht Tepa district had been closed. If reinforcements were not sent in soon, the district might fall to Taliban, he warned.

Police chief Brig. Gen. Faqir Mohammad Jawzjani confirmed the fighting and said security officials in Faryab and Sar-i-Pul provinces had been contacted for help.

Khuda-i-Dad, a resident of locality, said people were fleeing their homes as fighting for the control of the district centre had intensified.

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