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Heavy fighting ongoing in Herat

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Heavy clashes between police forces and the Taliban militants in Keshk-e-Kohna district of western Herat started on Friday morning and are still going on, said an official in the province.

Abdul Rasoul Jamshidi, a member of the provincial council of Herat, said that the fighting is currently going on between police forces and more than a thousand Taliban insurgents 20 kilometers far from center of the district.

Jamshidi told the Voice of America (VOA) that militants in Badghis province, Rabat Sangi district of Herat and sever other areas got to gather and conducted a massive attack on Keshk-e-Kohna district.

“Eight villages of the district including Chashm-e-Khaki, Ali abad, Shahpoori, Qala-e-Ghafour and Qala-e-Muhammad Abad have fallen to the Taliban,” he added.

He said that the Taliban have also beaten some local elders when they refused to tell them whereabouts of the policemen.

“At least four Taliban militants have been killed and 10 others injured so far,” he added. He said that four to five local policemen are missing since beginning of the fighting.

He warned that the entire district may fall to the Taliban if backup troops were not sent.

Taj Muhammad Jahid, commander of the 207th Zafar Military Corps, said that around 400 to 500 militants have attacked the district. He added that security forces have inflected heavy casualties on the militants so far. He said that backup troops have been deployed to the area.

The Taliban haven’t commented about the fighting so far.

According to another report, a swarm of Taliban militants numbering 200 attacked checkpoints of police in Oba district of Herat province the other day. Two Taliban fighters have been killed and six others wounded in the fighting.

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