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Civilians among 16 suffer casualties in Faryab clash

Civilians among 16 suffer casualties in Faryab clash

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Aug 15, 2019 - 16:18

MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Three Talibaninfo-icon rebels, an upraising group member and a child have been killed and scores others including civilians wounded during a clash in Dawlatabad district of northwestern Faryab province, officials said Thursday.

Abdul Karim Yourish, Faryab police spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Taliban militants stormed security posts in the center of Dawlatabad district around 9pm last night, but Afghan security forces retaliated and forced the rebels to retreat.

He said that three Taliban fighters, an upraising group member and an eight-year old child were killed and two insurgents, two upraising group members and seven members of a family wounded during the fight.

Seven members of a family were injured and a child killed after a mortar the Taliban fired hit a house during the clash, he said.

However, Abdul Razaq Kakar, Dawlatabad district chief said that Taliban militants stormed security posts of the district center with heavy weapons and two mortar shells hit two houses.

He said that a 10 year old girl was killed and a woman and two children of another family were wounded in the incident.

Abdul Ahad Ilbig, a provincial council member was unaware about the Taliban casualties but confirmed a commander of upraising group and a 10 year old girl were killed and eight civilians and two pro-government fighters wounded in last night fight.

Pajhwok tried to contact the Taliban for a comment about the incident but failed.

Except the center, all other areas of Dawlatabad district of Faryab are under the Taliban control. The district is 60 kilometers away from the provincial capital.

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