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Taliban closing in on Dara-i-Sauf Payeen district

Taliban closing in on Dara-i-Sauf Payeen district

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Nov 29, 2018 - 14:58

AIBAK (Pajhwok): Local officials and public representatives in northern Samangan province on Thursday warned the Dara-i-Sauf Payeen district would fall into the hands of Talibaninfo-icon insurgents if the government did not pay urgent heed.

Provincial Council chief Haji Raz Mohammad Khan told Pajhwok Afghan News that the Taliban militants attacked the district center from three directions late Wednesday night, but security forces pushed them back.

Four militants were killed and four others were wounded in the clash that erupted after 9pm and lasted five hours, he said.

The public representative said four policemen were also slightly wounded in the gun-battle and a check-post in Kushk-Dara area was overrun by the rebels.

Abdul Yaqeen Ahmadi, the Dara-i-Sauf Payeen district’s administrative chief, confirmed the militant attack on the center of what he called a strategic district.

He warned if the government did not pay attention to the security of the district, it would fall and the government would lose three billion afghanis annual revenue from the coalmine located in the district.

The Taliban have not yet commented in this regard.

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