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Scores of Taliban, civilians killed in Farah operation

Scores of Taliban, civilians killed in Farah operation

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Aug 17, 2018 - 14:03

FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): Dozens of Talibaninfo-icon fighters have been killed in western Farah province, the police chief claimed on Friday.

However, residents alleged that at least 16 civilians were also killed during an operation in the Bala Baluk district.

Farah police head Gen. Faal Ahmad Sherzad said: “Operations have been ongoing for two days in Todank, Shewan, Sajwi and Safarak areas.

“So far, 65 armed militants have been killed and up to 40 others wounded,” he said, adding more than 10 cars and dozens of motorbikes and several hideouts of Taliban had been destroyed.

But a resident of the district said more than 20 insurgents had been killed and a number of others injured during the offensive.  

Abdul Hadi, who hails from the district, told Pajhwok Afghan News: “Intense fighting is ongoing and many houses have been destroyed. At least 16 civilians have been killed so far.”

The security personnel, who had come to his village, departed late on Thursday, he said.

An inhabitant of Shewan area, Siraj Ahmad, claimed at 12 innocent people of his village had been killed in the operation.

For his part, Gen. Sherzad rejected claims of civilian casualties as baseless. He also denied the destruction of civilian homes.

Meanwhile, the Taliban acknowledged the loss of only one fighter. The rebels said more than 10 civilians had been killed and many houses destroyed.

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