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Commandos battle to regain Kohistan district

AT-KABUL: Commandos of Afghanistan’s security force are engaged in fierce battles with insurgents to regain Kohistan district in northern Badakhshan which fell to militants on Thursday evening, said defense ministry on Friday.

Meanwhile, Badakhshan security officials have said that commandos had been stationed and are advancing towards Kohistan’s center.

Badakhshan Police Chief Abdul Khaliq Aqsai said the commando troops landed in Kohistan district at midnight and that they have reached near the center of the district.

“We have had less casualties here, but the enemy suffered high fatalities and their key members were killed,” said Aqsai.

“With the arrival of the forces, we will clear a large number of areas related to Kohistan and Raghistan districts,” he added.

Badakhshan Provincial Council members said poor war management is “the main reason” that Taliban has expanded their activities in the province.Jawed Mujaddidi, member of the council, claimed that security forces left the district center on Thursday evening without any resistance against the Taliban.

“We have said repeatedly that the local government in Badakhshan is weak. We call on Badakhshan residents to stand and defend the country as they did in the past,” said Mujaddidi.

“The central government does not pay attention to demands of people,” said Sayed Omar Bahir, a civil society activist in Badakhshan.

Residents of Badakhshan said government’s negligence on Taliban’s movements in insecure parts is the reason behind the fall of the district. So far government officials have not commented about the exact death toll in Kohistan fight between government forces and the Taliban.

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