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6 rebels dead in Badakhshan; Taliban purged of 17 Baghlan villages

6 rebels dead in Badakhshan; Taliban purged of 17 Baghlan villages

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Jan 09, 2017 - 14:55

PUL-I-KHUMRI/FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): Seventeen villages have been cleared of insurgents in Baghlan-i-Markazi district of northern Baghlan province, while six insurgents were killed and another 12 wounded in northeastern Badakhshan province, officials said on Monday.

Baghlan Governor Abdul Sataar Bariz told Pajhwok Afghan News insurgents used to threaten people’s lives and torture passengers on roads near Sugar factory in Baghlan-i-Markazi district.

He said two days earlier security forces launched a joint operation aimed at pushing the Taliban from the area. As a result rebels left 17 villages of the district without being engaged in clash with security forces.

Bariz also informed about another clearing operation by security forces in Tala-wa-Barfak district of the province, saying its results were yet to be known.

The operation in Tala-wa-Barfak launched three days back unknown gunmen attacked a group of demines, killing eight of them and wounding four others.

Haji Nazar Mohammad, a resident of Baghlan-i-Markazi, said the operation was just on time, asking the government to continue the operation until all areas of the district were cleared.

The operations in Baghlan-i-Markazi and Tala-wa-Barfak districts, condenamed ‘Shafaq 31’, are launched as the 6th and 5th municipality districts of Pul-i-Khumri, the provincial capital, are reportedly being controlled by the Taliban and they have a big hand in the areas.

Elsewhere, at least six insurgents were killed and another 12 wounded during a clash with government forces in Baharak district of Badakhshan province, Col. Sakhidad Haidari, crime branch chief at provincial police headquarters, said.

He said the clash erupted at around 6:30pm on Sunday night in Yardar area of the district. The clash lasted until 9pm. The insurgents despite aggressive attacks weren’t able to break the strong defence line of security forces and were subsequently forced to retreat to Wardooj district.

Government forces suffered no casualties in the clash, however three individuals of the public uprising forces superficially sustained injuries.

There has been so far no word from Taliban in this regard.

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