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Taliban’s attack on Nooristan’s district repelled

AT-KABUL: The Taliban insurgents launched a complex attack early Sunday on the Want Waigal district of eastern Nooristan province, but the Afghan security forces repulsed their attack with strong intention, a provincial official said.

“Dozens of militants carried the attack in the district from different sides, but the security forces repulsed successfully, provincial Governor Hafiz Qayyum said.

Foreign insurgents, including Arabs were among the Taliban fighters, who were looking to capture the district through complex attack, he added.

The governor said that fighting still continues in some parts of the district, but he did not provide detail about casualties.

The Taliban group did not comment into the issue so far.

Taliban attack on the district is taking place at a time when Afghan security forces are fighting Taliban insurgents in several parts of the country. The recent clashes in Helmand has caused serious property damages to the civilians as large number of people displaced in Nawa, Garamsir, Nad Ali, Marjah and Nahr-e-Seraj districts.

Spokesman for the Ministry of Interior Sediq Sediqqi, said that the Taliban were pushed back and suffered heavy casualties in Nawa, Garamsir, Nadali, Marjah and Nahr-e-Saraj districts of the province, after “hundreds of commandos and special forces” arrived into the province.

“Their [Taliban’s] efforts to capture Lashkargah and districts failed. The threats that had been posed to Lashkargah were neutralized,” Sediqqi said, adding there are now “enough troops” around and in outskirts of Lashkargah and “there is no need to be worried and concerned about fall of Lashkargah” the spokesman said. “Security in the areas and security belt near and around Lashkargah will be strengthened further,” he said

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