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Jawzjan: 20 killed, wounded in Taliban-Daesh clash

Jawzjan: 20 killed, wounded in Taliban-Daesh clash

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Sep 23, 2017 - 15:38

SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): At least 20 people have been killed or wounded in a clash between Talibaninfo-icon and Daesh militants in the Qosh Tepa district of northwester Jawzjan province, officials said on Saturday.

The district's administrative chief, Aminullah, told Pajhwok Afghan News the three-hour clash erupted between the two insurgent outfits at 5pm on Friday and continued till 8pm.

He said the Taliban and Daesh engaged in fighting in Biksar and Khanaqah villages. Civilians suffered no casualties. Daesh also seized some of Taliban weapons and ammunition.

A large number of Taliban fighters had gathered in Chaqma Choqor village and engaged in intense fighting with Daesh on Saturday morning, the district chief added.

Mohammad Reza Ghafoori, the governor’s spokesman, accused Daesh fighters of setting alight five bodies of Taliban militants after killing them.

Two rockets, six Kalashnikovs, six machineguns, two other type weapons and 17 motorcycles belonged to Taliban also captured by Daesh, he added.

In response to a question about the Afghan forces' responsibility for preventing such clashes, he said: “The security personnel are not in a position to do anything in such a situation.”

The security forces were in a defensive position, mostly focussed on the security of the district centre, he said: “We send reports about the security situation to the central government on a daily basis.

"The central government, which is being kept posted on the situation, will have to take a decision on when to launch a clearing operation here,” he said.

Abdullah, a resident of Bikasrain area of the district, said: “Taliban on Friday surrounded our village and 40 of them came in. Daesh militants were still hiding there as the Taliban thought they had escaped.

"The Taliban gathered in one location and were eating food when they came under attack from Daesh fighters,” he said, adding 20 Taliban insurgents were killed and six escaped in injured condition.

“Fighters from both sides, hiding in residential buildings, are prepared for another clash,” Abdullah said. A large number of Taliban fighters came from Faryab and Sar-i-Pul provinces to Qosh Tepa to fight against Daesh.

A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said he had no information about clashes in Qosh Tepa.

According to another report, 10 youths in northwestern Faryab province joined the Taliban militants. Local officials said the youths were sons of local influential individuals who received religious educationinfo-icon in Balcheragh district of the province.

A credible security source said Jamshid, a son of Ghafoor Pahlawan, an uprising commander of the Junbish-i-Islami Party, and Tayebullah, son of Mufti Hedayatullah, a supervisor of provincial education department, were among the youth having joined the Taliban.

For his part, Ghafoor Palawan confirmed 10 youths of the district had joined Taliban's ranks but said his son was not among them. “My son has been kidnapped,” he claimed.

He said his son was returning from his the house of relatives on Saturday morning, when kidnapped by a number of youth who later joined the Taliban.

Mohammad Amin, a resident of the area, said some figures were active, both on government and the Taliban sides, to protect their own interests. He blamed the government for its silence on the issue.

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