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Taliban besiege border police battalion in Paktika

Taliban besiege border police battalion in Paktika

Aug 06, 2017 - 16:34

SHARAN (Pajhwok): Heavy clashes are underway as a border police battalion has been besieged by Talibaninfo-icon in the Gomal district of southeastern Paktika province, officials said on Sunday.

A credible police source, who wished to go unnamed, told Pajhwok Afghan News that militants had besieged a battalion of border forces in the district since Saturday.

He added clashes were underway between the border forces and the Taliban while reinforcements were yet to arrive in the area. The clashes caused casualties but exact figures could not be obtained so far.

However, Governor Ilyas Wahdat denied the border police battalion was under siege. He said a clearing operation was underway in the area.

“A large number of Taliban militants, including some Pakistani nationals, were killed in the operation and their bodies are still lying at the scene,” he said.

Taliban confirmed clashes in Gumal. The group’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said the militants had besieged Afghan border police battalion in the district.

A large number of border security personnel were killed and the Taliban also closed Gomal highway, he said. He said two Taliban fighters were also killed and five others wounded in Gomal and Sar Rawza district. A clash in Warmami district is also ongoing.

Sadozai, a soldier in the district, told Pajhwok that Taliban begun attacking security posts on Saturday. He said clashes were ongoing in Kamki Zaghman, Loy Zaghman, Manay and Hindi areas.

The highway lining the district with Sharan, the capital of Paktika, has been closed. A number of the district security personnel have been stuck in Sharan, he said. “We haven’t received air support yet.”

Deputy Governor Attaullah Fazli confirmed fighting in Warmami district, saying the security forces were bravely defending their bases.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid also verified clashes in the district but he had no casualty figures. The clashes have been ongoing in Paktika for several days.



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