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’79 Taliban fighters, 15 soldiers killed in last 2 weeks’

’79 Taliban fighters, 15 soldiers killed in last 2 weeks’

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Mar 22, 2020 - 18:45

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Local officials say 79 Talibaninfo-icon militants and 15 Afghan security personnel have been killed during the last two weeks in southern Helmand province.

Helmand governor, Mohammad Yasin Khan, talking to a press conference in Lashkargah, the provincial capital, said that Taliban fighters have launched repeated attacks on some areas of the province, but Afghan forces repelled all of them.

He said that 79 Taliban fighters and 15 Afghan soldiers were killed during the clashes.

“Taliban have intensified their attacks after the seven-day reduction in violence, but they have no any achievements,” he said.

He said that repeated attacks of Taliban forced Afghan security forces to take an aggression position rather than only defending themselves.

Lt. Gen. Wali Mohammad Ahmadzai, commander of 215th Maiwand Military Corps, talking to the conference, said that they should also launch attacks against the Taliban’s clashes.

“Foreign forces promised us to help in airstrikes and the Taliban will fail in their attacks,” he said.

Khalil Rahman Jawad, Helmand police chief, said that Lashkargah police were able to capture 15 people in connection of targeted killing in the last one week.

Taliban did not comment on the incidents so far.

However, a security official in Helmand who wished to go unnamed, said that Taliban launched 371 attacks against Afghan forces after the end of reduction in violence week, since February 29. But the official had no figures of casualties caused by the attacks.

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