Govt forces retake Dasht Kala district centre from Taliban
KUNDUZ: Afghan officials claimed that Taliban suffered defeat at all fronts in the recent clashes in Dasht Kala and Khwaja Bahuddin districts of northeastern Takhar province.
The Taliban fighters overrun the Dasht Kala district and conducted attacks in Khwaja Bahuddin district but retreated after making some advancement at both the fronts. Asmatullah Qurbani, member of Takhar provincial, told AIP that the Taliban torched some government offices and also caused casualties to civilians in the Dasht Kala district.
He said the Taliban were pushed back from the district and all the government installations were in the control of government forces.
He, however, lashed out at local forces and central government for failing to protect the district, adding though the situation has improved, there were still fears of re-eruption of fighting in the district.
In yesterday’s clashes, he said, five security men including police and local uprises were killed, four wounded and 10 more went missing. Abdul Khalil Aseer, spokesman of Takhar police, reported that situation was in the control of government.
According to police, eight Taliban were also killed and 10 more wounded in Dasht Kala. Local residents, meanwhile, told AIP that fighting continued in some areas of the district and the main bazaar has not yet been completely reopened.
Local residents had told AIP that the missing police had been seized by Taliban.
Aseer said the Taliban carried out attacks in some areas of Khwaja Bahuddin district, killing a cop and wounding three others, adding there were also casualties to Taliban. Taliban have not said anything about the retaking of Dasht Kala district by government but reported clashes and capturing several posts in the Khwaja Bahuddin district.