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Taliban ‘severely defeated’ in Gomal district

Taliban ‘severely defeated’ in Gomal district

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Aug 18, 2017 - 13:31

SHARANA (Pajhwok): ‘Dozens’ of Talibaninfo-icon militants were killed and wounded after joint Afghan security forces entered the Gomal district center in southeastern Paktika province last night, the governor’s house said on Friday.

A statement from the provincial media office said the dead bodies of militants were currently being handed over to their families by local tribal elders in the district.

It said after the Taliban claimed capturing Gomal district, they were defeated and forced to flee and a clearing operation was still underway.

A resident of the area, Syed Khan, told Pajhwok Afghan News stiff resistance put up by police and 07 unit forces rescued the Gomal district from being captured by the rebels. He asked the government to honor the forces for preventing the district from falling into the hands of militants.

The deputy governor, Attaullah Fazli, also said the Taliban had been 'severely' defeated in Gomal district by the joint Afghan forces. He said the Afghan forces had also suffered casualties but exact figures were currently not available.

He said hundreds of families who fled homes due to the conflict were in dire need of assistance.

Separately, police ambushed and killed three Taliban militants in the Janikhel district of Paktika province. the dead bodies of the militants had been shifted to the provincial police headquarters in Sharana, the provincial capital, the media office said.

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