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12 security personnel, 35 rebels dead in Barg-i-Matal battle

12 security personnel, 35 rebels dead in Barg-i-Matal battle

Sep 12, 2017 - 13:44

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Local officials on Tuesday claimed Talibaninfo-icon’s attack on the Barg-i-Matal district of eastern Nuristan province has been repulsed and more than 70 militants suffered casualties in retaliatory action.

They said 12 security personnel and four civilians were also killed or wounded in the offensive, which began on Monday when the insurgents stormed the districts from three directions.

Syed Momand, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News 33 Taliban fighters were killed and 35 others wounded after they assaulted Barg-I-Matal district.

He said one child was killed and three other civilians were wounded in Taliban’s gunfire. Two mosques and eight civilian houses were also destroyed, the spokesman alleged.

Clashes have ended and Afghan forces are fully prepared to deal with another possible assault from the rebels on the district centre, according to Momand.

Aqa Faqiri, spokesman for 201st Silab Military Corps, said 35 militants including a commander were killed and nine others wounded during ground and air offensives in the district.

Meanwhile, provincial police chief, Brig. Gen. Ghulam Mohiuddin Sarwari, said 40 militants were killed and 30 others wounded in retaliatory attacks. Only two Afghan soldiers were wounded, he added.

Acting administrative chief for Barg-i-Matal Shah Wali said a child was killed and three others were wounded. Three Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers and a policeman were also killed and three soldiers and five policemen wounded.

On the other hand, Taliban claimed inflicting casualties to 20 Afghan soldiers and capturing seven security posts.



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