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Afghan army captured Mirza Olang village from Taliban

By Farhad Naibkhel-KABUL: Afghan forces pushed Taliban back after a week-long battle and fully captured the Mirza Olang village of Northern Sar-e-Pul province on Monday afternoon from the Taliban, said officials.

“Afghan forces after three days of air and ground operations against Taliban and Daesh insurgents in Mirza Olang village today afternoon fully captured the village” said Nasratullah Jamshidi, spokesman for army in northern Afghanistan.

Over 100 Taliban fighters were killed since beginning of the operation.

Sar-e-Pul Province Governor Spokesman Zabihullah Amani confirmed that high peaks and Taliban insurgents’ strongholds targeted and captured by Afghan troops and the local uprising forces in some part of Mirza Olang village.

He said that Taliban and other insurgents sustained heavy casualties during operation, even their dead bodies remained in the site, but it is early to give an exact number.

Till now no civilian casualties reported in the area, he asserted.

Only one army slightly wounded during operation, he noted.

Operation entered to the fourth day in Mirza Olang, where in two previous days 37 Taliban were killed and 35 others were wounded by Afghan forces in the village.

Taliban along with support of Daesh had attacked Mirza Olang village and captured it. The militants after capturing the village killed more than 50 villagers including women and children, while taking more than 150 families in captivity for four days, who latter were rescued with the mediation of tribal elders.



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