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145 Taliban suffer casualties in Want Wegal clash

145 Taliban suffer casualties in Want Wegal clash

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Jul 26, 2017 - 12:09

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): At least 145 militants were killed or wounded after they attacked the Want Wegal district centre in eastern Nuristan province on Wednesday morning, an official said.

Local officials said the attack on the district was led by foreign army officers in which two Afghan security personnel also killed and 15 others wounded.

Reports reaching here said the Talibaninfo-icon launched a coordinated assault on the district center and the battle with Afghan forces continued for five hours.

Rahmatullah Rahmati, the Want Wegal district administrative chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the Afghan security forces put up a strong resistance to the militants and as a result, 45 rebel fighters were killed and more than 100 others were wounded.

He did not give exact figures, but claimed foreign fighters were among the killed and injured.

Afghan forces pushed the Taliban assault back and there were no casualties among civilians, Rahmati said.

He added the assault was led by foreign intelligence officers. Two Afghan soldiers were also killed and 15 others wounded during the battle.

Governor Hafiz Abdul Qayum also confirmed receiving reports that foreign military officers were spearheading the Taliban assault.

The Taliban targeted Want Wigal district for its strategic importance because the district shared border with many districts of Nuristan and Kunar provinces, he said.

Qayum said 30 militants were killed and more than a hundred others wounded in the clashes that left three security forces wounded

The clash took place away from civilian residential areas so no local people were unhurt, he added.

Provincial police chief Brig. Gen. Ghulam Muhiuddin Sarwari said he had no exact figures for militant casualties, but claimed large number of the rebels had been killed and wounded.

He said the militants had a serious plan to capture the district but they faced a strong reaction from Afghan security forces and were pushed back.

A resident of the area, who wished to go unnamed, said only one woman was injured by Taliban militants in the battle.

A tribal elder, Hazrat Sayed, said a woman who asked the Taliban to stop firing was shot dead by the rebels.

The Taliban claimed attacking Want Wegal district center, police headquarters and the special military unit. The group’s spokesman said the fighters captured many security posts and inflicted heavy casualties on Afghan forces.

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