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7 Samangan villages cleared of militants, police claim

Security & Crime


7 Samangan villages cleared of militants, police claim

Apr 01, 2017 - 18:44

AIBAK (Pajhwok): The security forces recaptured seven villages from the Talibaninfo-icon militants during an ongoing operation in the Dara-i-Sauf Payeen district of northern Samangan province, officials claimed on Saturday.

The district police chief, Abdullah Zafari, told Pajhwok Afghan News the offensive launched late Friday and was still ongoing. Dadak, Daghak, Bayanan, Baba Nazari, Tiwa Tash, Ahangaran and Damsti villages have been cleared.

He said the rebels were on the run, with one killed and two others wounded in overnight clashes with the security personnel. A policeman was also wounded during the firefight, the official added. The security forces were advancing on Jamalak area and clashes with militants were underway.

The governor’s spokesman, Mohammad Seddiq Azizi, recalled 70 villages of the district had been purged of Taliban in September 2016, but the militants reappeared after the offensive came to an end. He said the forces would retake all villages and would not let insurgents return.

Abdur Raouf, a resident of the district, confirmed a policeman was wounded and seven villages were cleared of militants. But he was unaware of rebels’ casualties. Samangan is one of the relatively stable provinces of the country.

Over the past eight months, at least eight people have been killed and three others wounded in five clashes in Samangan.



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