Taliban, security forces clash north of Kabul

Published April 14th, 2016 - 08:55 GMT
A file photo of a group of Taliban militants in 2015. (AFP/Javed Tanveer)
A file photo of a group of Taliban militants in 2015. (AFP/Javed Tanveer)

Heavy clashes have erupted between security forces and the Taliban in Dand-i-Shahabuddin and Dand-i-Ghori localities of Pul-i-Khumri, the capital city of northern Baghlan province, an official said on Thursday.

Police Chief Brig. Gen. Mohammad Ewaz Naziri told Pajhwok Afghan News the Taliban staged attacks in the areas late on Wednesday and captured some areas. He said security forces launched operation codenamed Navida to take back the captured areas from insurgents.

Naziri did not give details over the lost of Dand-i-Ghori to the Taliban, but it had been perceived the most of the Dand-i-Ghori had been captured by the Taliban.

Taliban Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed the group fighters attacked security forces check-posts in that area and took the control of Dand-i-Ghori late on Wednesday. Four battle tanks of the security forces had been destroyed, he said.

Ahmad Shah, the resident of locality, said the Taliban on Wednesday blocked the road leading to Dahna Ghori and captures some villages in the area.

The strategic Dand-i-Ghori locality was situated four kilometres from Pul-i-Khumri. The area was retaken two months back after a lengthy military drive.

By Habib Rahman Sherzai

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