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5 Taliban killed in clash with Daesh in Jawzjan

5 Taliban killed in clash with Daesh in Jawzjan

Sep 24, 2017 - 16:02

SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): Daesh militants killed five Taliban rivals in a clash in the Qush Tepa district of northern Jawzjan province, an official said on Sunday.

The clash between the two rival rebel factions occurred on Saturday evening and lasted half-an-hour, the district administrative head, Aminullah, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

He said five Taliban gunmen were killed and two Daesh fighters were wounded in the clash.

The remaining Taliban gunmen retreated to Shorqoduq and Turkmen Qoduq villages, despite receiving reinforcements from Faryab and Sar-i-Pul provinces, the district chief said.

Najmuddin, a resident of nearby Chiqma Choqur village, said all shops were closed after the two sides were seen preparing for a battle.

“They exchanged heavy weapons fire and gunshots targeting each other’s positions,” said the resident, who added an old man and a child were injured in the clash.

Some houses caught fire after being hit by mortars fired from both the sides, Najumuddin said. “”Compared to last night, the situation is good today.”

Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban’s spokesman, said he could not contact with their fighters in the area because there was no network.

The clash between Taliban and Daesh gunmen erupted two days ago and is still ongoing. Since yesterday, at least 15 Taliban have been reportedly killed and their weapons and ammunition captured by the IS group.