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10 civilians killed as Taliban assaults rock Farah City

10 civilians killed as Taliban assaults rock Farah City

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May 16, 2018 - 16:43

FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): Besides causing severe damage to people’s properties, recent clashes between security forces and Talibaninfo-icon have left at least 15 civilians either killed or wounded in western Farah province, officials said Wednesday.

The militants launched a coordinated attack on Farah City on Monday night and entered parts of the city at 5pm.

Eyewitnesses told Pajhwok militants the rebels staged attacks on the provincial capital from four directions.

According to reports, the rebels captured the 3rd police district and stormed the intelligence department.

Earlier, Najib Danish, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior (MoI), said the militants had been flushed out of Farah City and the situation was currently under control.

A resident of the area, Abdullah, confirmed the development, saying people were engaged in their daily work when the attack occurred. But now life was limping back to normal, he said.

Financial Losses

According to a Pajhwok reporter the clashes caused damages to shops, restaurants, electric power lines, three towers, NDSinfo-icon department and some schools.

Casualties

Brig. Gen. Mohammad Radmanish, spokesman for the Ministry of Defense (MoD), said 300 militants were killed and 200 others wounded in the attacks. However, he did not give information about security forces’ casualties, saying 11 ANA soldiers were killed and 12 others wounded.

But Farah governor Abdul Basir Salangi said 25 security personnel were killed and 10 others wounded during the clashes.

Local sources said Abdul Wahid Khan, deputy police chief for 3rd district police station was among those killed and Abdul Raziq Sherzad, deputy police of Farah, was among the injured.

Fazal Ahmad Sherzad, provincial police chief, said 10 civilians had also been killed during the clashes.

On the other hand, an official of Civil Hospital said five injured civilians, including two womeninfo-icon and three men, had been brought to the hospital.

However, Qari Yousaf Ahmadi, Taliban’s spokesman, rejected security officials’ claims, saying nine rebels were killed and 11 other wounded. About 63 security personnel were killed in the attacks in Farah, he added.

The rebels withdrew from Farah City late on Tuesday and civilians suffered no casualties, he concluded.

sa/ma

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