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15 security forces killed, 10 wounded in Herat assault

15 security forces killed, 10 wounded in Herat assault

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Jul 06, 2019 - 10:55

HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Fifteen security forces were killed and 10 others wounded after a large number of Talibaninfo-icon gunmen attacked their posts in western Herat province, an official said Saturday.

The government official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told Pajhwok Afghan News that more than 150 militants stormed security check-posts in Tagab area of Karukh district on Friday night.

He said 15 security personnel, including national, local and public order police and uprising members were killed and 10 others wounded during the overnight coordinated attack.

Herat police chief Maj. Gen. Aminullah Amarkhel confirmed the assault and said that a key Taliban commander Mullahinfo-icon Ghausuddin was among eight attackers killed in the firefight. He said four security forces were killed and six others wounded in the clash.

Ghulam Habib Hashimi, a member of the provincial council, expressed concern over the increase in Taliban attacks and urged the government to take concrete steps in this regard.

According to another report, six Public Order Police (PoP) personnel were killed and six others were missing after a Taliban attack on security check-posts in Saghar area of Ghorian district, said the district chief.

Farhad Khadem said efforts under way to find the missing forces.

Another source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said 13 PoP personnel were manning the check-posts and six of them were killed and seven others captured by the Taliban due to the attack.

The Taliban have not yet commented in this regard.

Sa/ma

 

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