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Heavy casualties inflicted on rebels in Ghor clashes: Official

KABUL: Seven security officials, 120 rebels have been killed and 30 more wounded in severe clashes in the Charsada and Pasaband districts of western Ghor province, an official said on Saturday.

Governor Syed Anwar Rahmati said Taliban were planning to control the two strategic districts in order to have access to the north of the country but security forces stopped their advancements and repulsed them.

Fourteen Kalashnikovs, two machine guns and 58 motorcycles were seized from rebels, he said, adding one civilian was killed and 11 security forces sustained injuries in the battle.

Taliban Spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi claimed security forces suffered injuries when militants fired on a helicopter that missed the target. In addition, he said four commando soldiers were killed and six others wounded in another showdown.

On Friday, at least 40 Taliban fighters were killed and over 100 wounded in fierce firefight with security forces on Thursday evening in the Pasaband and Charsada districts.

Acting Governor Said Anwar Ali Rahmati had said Maulvi Abdul Khaliq, a resident of Helmand, led militants in the fight for capturing the two districts but Afghan security forces beaten them back, , inflicting heavy casualties on rebels.

The militants were pushed back from Charsada district when security forces received fresh reinforcement, he added.

Provincial Council Chief Fazal Haq Ihsan praised valor of Afghan security forces, demanding deployment of more troops to bolster law and order in the province.

He ruled out beefed up security until deployment of more security personnel. The Charsada fighting continued for at least a week which resulted in the displacement of 250 families. (PAN)

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