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Militants suffer heavy losses in Ghor

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Officials in western Ghor province said Saturday that insurgents have suffered heavy losses in Charsada district clashes with security forces in past six days.

Acting governor of Ghor, Sayid Anwar Rahmati, said Charsada is no more under the control of the Taliban militants.  “More than a hundred insurgents were killed, 30 injured and 50 others arrested. The security forces recovered weapons,” he said.

Rahmati said eight security personnel were killed in the military operation.

At the same event, commander in chief of 207 Zafar military corps, Gen. Mahayuddin Ghori, said the rebels were killed by ground troops and air strikes. “We want to tell insurgents that we will kill them in any way. Our message to them is to lay down their weapons and join the peace process otherwise they will be killed,” he said.

The military operation came after the Taliban fighters attacked security check points in Charsada distirct and took control of almost all parts of the district a week back. However, security forces retook the district. Officials said that the Taliban’s attack was the bloodiest in Ghor in past 13 years. Rahmati said the Taliban militants robbed a number of houses and killed a resident of the area.

Head of Ghor provincial council, Fazl Haq Ehsan, said the number of the security forces in the province was very low in compare with other provinces. “Such attack will happen again if the government looked the other way to the issue. The Taliban militants have not been eliminated yet,” he commented.

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