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Taliban storm 2 Baghlan districts overnight

Taliban storm 2 Baghlan districts overnight

Jul 21, 2017 - 14:54

PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): Talibaninfo-icon militants staged simultaneous attacks on the headquarters of Guzargahi Nur and Nahrin districts of northern Baghlan province last night, officials said on Friday.

The ensuing clashes between the rebel fighters and security forces lasted several hours, the Guzargahi Nur district chief, Noor Mohammad Guzar, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

He said the attacks in his district began at about 2am last night, but the security forces pushed back the attackers. He said nothing about casualties to either side.

Nehrin district chief Fazluddin Mardi said at about 2am the Taliban stormed the district center and the ensuing clash lasted until 5am. He said two Taliban attackers were killed and two were wounded.

He said a large number of local uprising forces had reached the two districts to reinforce the security forces.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, however, said the government forces sustained heavy casualties in last night clashes in the two districts. He said the fighters had besieged the Guzargahi Nur district centre.

The attacks on the two districts come amid ongoing fierce clashes between security forces and Taliban insurgents on the outskirts of Pul-i-Khumri, the provincial capital, and Baghlan-i-Markazi district.

An official at the provincial civil hospital, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said they had received more than 90 casualties, including civilians, at the hospital during the past few days.



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