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Takhar clashes leaves 14 rebels dead, 5 security men injured

Takhar clashes leaves 14 rebels dead, 5 security men injured

Aug 26, 2016 - 14:42

TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Fourteen militants have been killed and five security personnel wounded during clashes in the Khwaja Ghar district of northern Takhar province, an official said on Friday.

Sunatullah Timor, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the clashes were triggered by Taliban’s capture of security checkpoints in Chughtai and Qarlaq areas.

Security posts had been strengthened in the embattled areas. A resident of the district, Nader, said the Taliban had closed in on Khwaja Ghar, but security forces pushed them back.

The Takhar governor had recently said the Taliban sneaked into Khwaja Ghar from the Dasht-i-Archi district of neighbouring Kunduz province. He had also called for purging Dasht-i-Archi of rebels.