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31 killed or wounded as Afghan forces, Taliban clash in Faryab

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31 killed or wounded as Afghan forces, Taliban clash in Faryab

Dec 18, 2018 - 16:42

MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Local officials on Tuesday said Talibaninfo-icon militants launched a coordinated attack on the center of Garziwan district of northwestern Faryab province and the district would possibly fall to militants if reinforcements not reach on time.

The officials say the clashes around the district center were ongoing and the bodies of a number of Afghan forces killed in the battle were remained in the war ground.

Mullahinfo-icon Faizullah, Garziwan district chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News that hundreds of Taliban fighters stormed security posts in the center of the district on Monday night.

He said that five soldiers including four commandos were killed and eight others wounded. The bodies of the dead soldiers are remained in the incident area.

Six Taliban fighters were also killed and 12 others wounded during the battle, Faizullah said. “We are in critical situation, the district would possibly fall to Taliban and a disaster would happen if the central government paid no attention,” he added.

Mulavi Hamidullah Danish, the Taliban’s shadow district chief for Garziwan, told Pajhwok that Afghan forces attacked them in Baharak village of the district on Monday night but government forces suffered heavy losses in Taliban fighters’ response.

 He said that four soldiers killed in the battle were handed over to local elders. Two Taliban were also injured but one of them succumbed this morning, he concluded.



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