Thursday, 22 August 2019 03:57 GMT

Over 20 soldiers die in Afghani raids

(MENAFN) Officials declared that at least 24 militants, with seven among them belonging to the Islamic State (IS) group and 14 Taliban militants, have died in the last 24 hours as Afghan forces intensified their counter-insurgency raids in the restive country.

An army spokesman in the northern region Abdul Hadi Jamal confirmed that in the most recent attack, the government forces raided positions in Dawlat Abad district of the northern Faryab province on Thursday night, leaving eight militants, including Qari Sebghatullah, the shadow intelligence chief of the armed group in Faryab and the neighboring Jawzjan and Badghis provinces, dead.

The spokesman Jamal added that the government forces targeted Taliban hideouts in Chamtal district of the northern Balkh province on Thursday night in a similar operation, leaving six militants with eminent commander Mawlawi Badar, dead on the site.

Taliban militants who stepped up their attacks and declined the government allegation for murdering Qari Sebghatullah in Faryab province, stormed some security checkpoints in Faizabad district of the neighboring Jawzjan province early on Friday, sparking clashes which kept going for hours, during which five security personnel had died.


Over 20 soldiers die in Afghani raids


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