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Dozens of militants killed in Farah offensive

Dozens of militants killed in Farah offensive

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Sep 26, 2017 - 15:57

FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): More than 40 Talibaninfo-icon insurgents have been killed and as many more wounded during a clearing operation in the Balabulok district of western Farah province, local officials said on Tuesday.

The Afghan forces launched the operation on Sep 18 backed by NATOinfo-icon air support and wrapped it up on Monday.

NATO’s RS mission and the Afghan National Army’s second brigade stationed in Farah in a statement said the operation against militants in Balabulok was carried out in Shiwan and Ganjabad villages.

It said 42 militants were killed and 43 others wounded in the operation, called as ‘successful’.

Noorull Haq Khaliqi, an ANA spokesman, said at least 85 militants suffered casualties in the operation and their five vehicles destroyed. He said the forces also defused 38 landmines.

Khaliqi said the security forces suffered no casualties, but Sayed Ahmad, a resident of the district, told Pajhwok Afghan News four ANA soldiers, 13 insurgents and one civilian were killed during the offensive.

He said dozens of houses were damaged in the crossfire in Shiwan, Grany and Ganjabad villages. He said the security force left the area yesterday concluding their operation.

Abdul Hakim, a resident of Grany area, confirmed Sayed Ahmad’s account and said security forces had left after clearing areas near their check-posts. He said the Taliban had returned back to the area.

Most of the families in these villages have fled as a result of the conflict.

Mohammad Nasir Mehri, the governor’s spokesman, said the operation was aimed at driving militants not establishing check posts.

Qari Yousaf Ahmadi, a Taliban’s spokesman, said three fighters were killed and seven others wounded during the operation. He claimed 30 security personnel were killed and seven pick-up tanks were destroyed.

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