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7 killed as Taliban, Daesh fighters clash in Jawzjan

7 killed as Taliban, Daesh fighters clash in Jawzjan

Jul 16, 2017 - 17:07

SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): At least seven rebels have been killed during a clash between Taliban and Daesh, or so-called Islamic State (IS), militants in the Qush Tepa district of northwestern Jawzjan province, an official said on Sunday.

The firefight erupted after Daesh rebels killed a Taliban insurgent on Friday, the governor’s spokesman, Mohammad Raza Ghafoori, told Pajhwok Afghan News four Daesh.

In Sunday’s fight, three Taliban were killed and a Daesh rebel injured. He said the Taliban left the area after Daesh fighters captured 10 of their motorcycles and nine weapons.

The security situation returned to normal after militants from both groups left the area. Taj Mohammad, a resident of Chakana village, claimed seeing the bodies of three Taliban militants. Civilians suffered no casualties.

“The fighters of Taliban commanders Qari Sunatullah and Qari Ghani attacked Daesh militants in this area. The clash continued for about eight hours. The situation became tense after key Taliban member Qari Aman was killed,” he added.

Aman was killed by Daesh militants in Darzab district 15 days ago. But Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said he was unaware of the clash.