Five Key Taliban Commanders Killed in Northern Afghanistan

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At least five key Taliban commanders were killed in northern Jawzjan, Sar-e-Pul and Faryab provinces in the past two days, local officials said.

Security officials in the north of Afghanistan said that insurgents suffered major casualties in the clashes and that troops are trying to prevent the insurgents from fleeing the area.

“In Aqcha district [of Jawzjan], 27 Taliban insurgents were killed and 38 others were injured,” Gen. Abdul Hamid Hamid, commander of 209 Shaheen Military Crops said.

Hamid assured the nation that the insurgents are not able to defeat the security forces, adding that “people should trust in their security forces.”

He said security forces are currently in clashes with insurgents in Faryab, Sar-e-Pul, Baghlan and Kunduz provinces.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Zahir Wahdat, provincial governor of Sar-e-Pul, said that clashes still continue in Sozma Qala, Sayad and Sancharak districts of the province.

“At least 11 insurgents including their five key commanders were killed and 14 others were injured in the past two days of clashes,” Wahdat said.

But officials from the provincial council of Sar-e-Pul warned that if government does not support the security forces, insurgents will take control of a number of areas in the province.

“Reinforcements should be sent to the province because there are clashes in the center of Sar-e-Pul,” a member of the provincial council, Asadullah Khoram said.

He said that clashes also took place along the Jawzjan and Sar-e-Pul highway on Wednesday night, which resulted in the death of one civilian and three military soldiers. Three other civilians were injured.

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