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A dozen militants suffer casualties in Ghormach clash

A dozen militants suffer casualties in Ghormach clash

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Dec 26, 2015 - 13:06

MAIMANA (Pajhwok): A dozen insurgents suffered casualties during a clash with security personnel in the Ghormach district of northeastern province of Faryab, officials said on Saturday.

After the district was retaken by the government two days ago, the militants clashed with the security personnel Ghormach, a statement from the 209th Shaheen Military Corps said.

The Talibaninfo-icon destroyed a mosqueinfo-icon, parts of the district headquarters building, smashed doors to shops and looted goods during their control of Ghormach, the statement said.

About 20 checkpoints in the district have been recaptured, with the authorities trying to take control of the rest and hand them over to police, the statement added.

The Taliban are still active in parts of the district and clashes could erupt anytime, a security official said on condition of anonymity. If the areas were not completely cleared, residents would continue to suffer, he warned.

He said the Taliban attacked a convoy of the Afghan National Army (ANA) on the Ghormach-Qaisar highway, killing one soldier and injuring another.

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