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Afghan forces recapture Jawzjan’s Darzab district

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Afghan forces recapture Jawzjan’s Darzab district

Jun 21, 2017 - 18:13

SHIBREGHAN (Pajhwok): Local officials on Wednesday said the Afghan forces regained control of the Darzab district of northern Jawzjan province, with the militants suffering heavy casualties.

A day earlier, the Talibaninfo-icon in a statement claimed taking control of the district from security forces.

Col. Abdull Hafiz Khashi, the provincial police chief, said the security forces launched an operation against militants in the district center around 10pm last night.

“Two security personnel were killed and two others injured during the battle, clashes are currently ongoing in Ilkhani and Al-Moghul villages, around four kilometers northeast of the district center,” he said.

He said the militants suffered heavy causalities in the clashes and the Afghan forces were currently reinforcing security posts in the region. Afghan air forces also supported the operation.

Abdul Rasoul, a resident of the center of Darzab district, said the Taliban militants entered the district center on Tuesday night and took control of the district building.

The Taliban also stole equipment from four security posts, he said, adding the district center had been empty and a number of Afghan Local Police (ALP) and national police who had retreated were reinforced to push the Taliban back.

Rasoul said Daesh or so called Islamic State (IS) militants existed in Al-Moghul and Ilkhani villages of the district and the group was being poised to attack Afghan forces.

“Sporadic fights have been ongoing in Darzab for the past six months but no one listens to the voice of the oppressed,” he said.

Acting Darzab district chief Baz Mohammad in a telephone contact with Pajhwok Afghan News, said: “We are not in a good situation, we would talk later about what happens.”

A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed the fighters remained in control the district and 60 Afghan forces had joined them.

He confirmed the death of three fighters and injuries to six others, saying 17 security forces were killed in the clashes.


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