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8 rebels dead as Jawzjan clash goes on

8 rebels dead as Jawzjan clash goes on

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Aug 01, 2017 - 20:46

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Eight Talibaninfo-icon insurgents were killed and two security personnel injured during an ongoing clash that erupted last night in Aqcha district of northern Jawzjan province, the governor said on Tuesday.

Jawzjan Governor Mualvi Lotfullah Azizi said the government forces came under Taliban attack in Kolta Shak area of the district on Monday night, sparking a clash that left eight insurgents dead and two security officials injured.

He said the clash was ongoing and that insurgents seized a security post and some weapons and ammunition during the attack. He said the rebels used heavy weapons when they attacked the post.

The governor said the fighting was still underway to reclaim the post and clear the area of insurgents.

Mohammad Ishaq, a soldier fighting at the frontline, said: “We have been engaged in a face-to-face fight against Taliban over the past few days.”

Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban group’s spokesman, in a statement said the fighters captured a security post last night and seized a Humvee vehicle, three machineguns, two mortars, a Kalashnikov and ammunition from the governmental forces. 

Fighting has been ongoing over the past four days in the Aqcha district between Taliban and security forces amid air strikes targeting Taliban hideouts.

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