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70 personnel rescued, many still missing in Baghlan

70 personnel rescued, many still missing in Baghlan

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May 10, 2018 - 22:16

PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): Afghan security forces have launched an operation to regain control of the Tala wa Barfak district of northern Baghlan province and to rescue some 100 missing security forces.

The Tala wa Barfak district fell to the Talibaninfo-icon two days ago and yesterday more than 100 security forces including the district administrative and police chiefs went missing.

Baghlan police spokesman Zabihullah Shuja on Thursday told Pajhwok Afghan News that security forces had launched an operation to drive the rebels from the town.

He said so far dozens of the missing security personnel had been found and shifted to secure areas.

He said officials and security forces of the districts disappeared in nearby mountains after the Taliban overran the district headquarters. On Thursday morning up to 31 missing persons, including the district administrative and polices chiefs, were found with the aid of Afghan air force and evacuated to safety.

Still dozens of security forces are missing. Shuja said operation to regain control of the district was underway and air and ground forces had reached the town.

Tala wa Barfak district chief Mohammad Ismail Barfaki, who had been missing since yesterday, told Pajhwok Afghan News that when the Taliban attacked the district center, they realized it was not possible to resist them and decided to flee and hide into the mountains. “This way we saved ourselves from mass murder.”

He said he was among 70 security forces who were rescued and airlifted to safety on Thursday morning. However, he said still dozens of security forces were missing and the air forces were trying to find them.

Baghlan governor Abdul Hai Nimati confirmed the operation to regain control of the Tala wa Barfak distrct and said 300 commando forces had reached Doshi district and they would soon jump into the battle.

He said not only Tala wa Barfak district but Dehna Ghori district, which has been under the Taliban over the past two years, would be retaken from the insurgents.

He said so far 70 government forces and officials had been rescued and a search involving four helicopters was underway to find the remaining missing people.

The Taliban have so far said nothing in this regard.

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