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12 army troops missing following heavy clashes in Badakhshan

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: An official source in northeastern Badakhshan province said that eight Afghan army soldiers have been killed and several others wounded in heavy clashes between the Afghan forces and the Taliban militants.

Deputy governor of the province, Gul Muhammad Bedar, said that the clashes started on Friday, when a swamp of militants stormed security checkpoints in Jurm district of the province. He added that at least eight army soldiers have been killed, 10 wounded and around 12 others are missing.

He said that Afghan security forces have also inflected heavy losses on militants. “At least 18 militants have been killed and 15 others wounded,” he added.

Sakhidad, security chief of the province, said that the operation ended the other night and Afghan security forces have retaken control in the areas.  He added that 27 Taliban militants including eight foreigners have been killed in the clashes.

According to Sakhidad, a swamp of militants, numbering 200 fighters, attacked checkpoints of Afghan army in Jurm district of the northeastern province.

Abdullah Naji, the chairman of Badakhshan provincial council, said that the Taliban have beheaded several army soldiers. However, Bedar rejected the reports as baseless.

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