ANDSF Retakes Three Districts in Last 24 Hours: MoD

Afghan forces retook the control of Kahmard and Saighan districts in Bamiyan, the Defense Ministry says.

As clashes continue in various provinces, the Defense Ministry said on Friday that Afghan National Defense and Security Forces retook the control of Saighan and Kahmard districts in Bamiyan and Chakhansur district in Nimroz in the last 24 hours. 

“In an operation that began this morning, districts were retaken in a short time by security forces, and the country’s flag was raised back on the districts,” Bamiyan governor Tahir Zuhair said.

The Ministry of Defense said the operations by Afghan security forces are underway to push back the Taliban attacks on cities and to retake the areas that are under Taliban influence.

“Operation by the ANDSF to retake districts that were under the influence of the enemy is underway,” Defense Ministry spokesman Rohullah Ahmadzai said.

Taliban claimed on Friday to have entered the city of Sheberghan, the center of Jawzjan province in the north, but local officials said the attacks were pushed back.

“The security situation is terrible. All shops are closed and the city is full of panic and horror,” a Sheberghan resident Jan Mohammad said.

“People are mobilized and have taken arms in all streets and there is no problem at the moment,” Jawzjan Police Chief Khwajah Jilani Abu Bakr said.

Reports suggest that the security situation in the city of Taluqan, the center of Takhar, is concerning.

“We are legitimate, and the country is ours. God willing, victory is ours,” said Pir Mohammad Khaksar, a commander of public uprising forces in Taluqan.

“All their offensives were pushed back. We have taken positions with a group of security forces and the public uprising forces,” Takhar governor Abdullah Qarluq said.

Sources said that 10 civilians were killed and 10 others were injured in an airstrike by government forces in Shohada district in Badakhshan on Thursday, but government rejects the claim.

Also, one person was killed and six more were wounded in a magnetic bomb blast in the city of Kunduz on Friday morning, the provincial police said.

Though there are reports of about 10 military and civilian casualties in the last 24 hours, but the Ministry of Defense said that 208 Taliban fighters were killed and 153 more were wounded in Afghan forces operations in the last 24 hours. Taliban has rejected the claim.

ANDSF Retakes Three Districts in Last 24 Hours: MoD