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Militants seize 8 check-posts in Sar-i-Pul attack

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Militants seize 8 check-posts in Sar-i-Pul attack

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Sep 10, 2018 - 13:22

SAR-I-PUL (Pajhwok): Talibaninfo-icon insurgents have taken control of eight security check-posts in the capital of northern Sar-i-Pul province, a public representative said on Monday.

Asadullah Khurram, a member of the provincial council, told Pajhwok Afghan News the militants attacked the security forces in the Bilghi area of the city.

He said the assailants captured eight check-posts of the Afghan army, police and a public uprising group. Fierce clashes were underway in the area, he added.

Khurram criticised the government for dispatching reinforcements very late, on the way to the site, they came under Taliban’s ambush.

Public uprising commander Samim also confirmed the fall of eight check-posts into the hands of the insurgents. Both were unaware of exact casualty figures.

Separately, one policeman and two militants were killed after the rebels stormed a check-post in Khamarabad area.

A resident of the area, who did not want to be named, said the militants also stormed a check-post in Sayyad district close the provincial capital. He said two policemen were killed during the firefight.

Zabihullah Amani, the governor’s spokesman, verified the fighters attacked the areas in an attempt to capture the provincial capital but faced strong resistance from government forces.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the fighters had overrun all check-posts in the Bilghi area.

He claimed the security forces had suffered heavy casualties and 11 bodies were still lying at the site. The rebels seized 10 military vehicles and several weapons, he said.

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