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Janikhel district falls to Taliban; police chief in denial

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Janikhel district falls to Taliban; police chief in denial

Jul 25, 2017 - 10:28

GARDEZ (Pajhwok): The Janikhel district of southeastern Paktia province has fallen to the Talibaninfo-icon after heavy clashes, residents said on Tuesday.

Fierce firefights have been ongoing for two days in the district.ere the militants claimed capturing some security check-posts late on Monday.

Police chief, Brig. Gen. Toryalai Abdyani, told Pajhwok Afghan News 11 insurgents were killed, three others wounded and a Pakistani militant arrested.

But some security officials and residents of the district said the Taliban overran the district Tuesday morning.

For his part, the police chief denied the claims, saying gunbattles were still underway in the district. Each side claimed inflicting heavy casualties on the other.

Located 85 kilometers from Gardez, the provincial capital, and the district remained under Taliban’s control for some days last year.


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