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Assault on Sayed Abad district repelled, 25 assailants killed

By Farhad Naibkhel-KABUL: Security forces pushed back on Sunday a Taliban assault on the Sayed Abad district of central Maidan Wardak province after hours of gunbattle since Saturday night, leaving at least 25 militants killed.

Hundreds of Taliban terrorists stormed Sayed Abad district center on Saturday night and faced firm resistance from security forces, sustaining heavy casualties, said Maidan Wardak Governor Spokesman Abdul Rahman Mangal.

He said that shortly after Taliban attack Afghan forces started retaliation attack and clashes were going on for hours in the district.

He said that Afghan forces succeeded to defeat Taliban in the district.

He stated that during clashes 25 insurgents were killed by Afghan forces in the district.

He said that unfortunately seven policemen along with Sayed Abad district police chief named Sayed Nezrabshah Hashimi were killed and four other police wounded during clashes as well.

He said that during conflict the highway, which connects Kabul to 14 central and southern provinces, remained close for over one hour, but after it was reopened after Taliban defeated in the area.

On the other hand Deputy Spokesman for Ministry of Interior Nasrat Rahimi confirmed Taliban massively attack over Sayed Abad district, but reject fall of the district to Taliban.

Speaking at a press conference he said that after sustaining heavy casualty they pushed back from the district.

He said that unfortunately 14 police men including police chief of the district killed and seven others wounded during clashes in the district.

He said that heavy casualty incurred to Taliban during clashes in the district, but did not elaborate further.

He said that currently the highway of Kabul-Kandahar, which was closed due to conflict in Maidan Wardak area, was reopened.

Taliban in telegram claimed that their fighters successfully captured Sayed Abad district compound and check posts in the district last night.

The group spokesman said that numbers of policemen were killed and some weapons and ammunition seized during attack in the district.

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