SAR-I-PUL (Pajhwok): Police on Saturday claimed killing 16 Taliban insurgents, wounding six others and capturing 23 more in northern Sar-i-Pul and Samangan provinces.
The Taliban have not commented on their casualties in Samangan but they denied suffering casualties in Sar-i-Pul province, saying that government security personnel had only captured a wounded Taliban insurgent in Sar-i-Pul.
Sar-i-Pul police spokesman NurAghaFaizi said that yesterday the Taliban entered Hosh village of Balkhab district and wanted to attack the district.
He added that 11 Taliban insurgents were killed and 23 others were captured alive during a clash with government security and uprising forces.
The spokesman said Hosh and QumKotal villages of the district had been cleared of the Taliban’s presence.
Police also released a video clip that shows Taliban detainees and claim the government security personnel have captured them.
But Taliban spokesman, ZabihullahMujahid said that government security personnel had only captured a wounded Taliban fighter in Sar-i-Pul.
Separately, Samangan police spokesman MunirRahimi said the Taliban on Friday night attacked Pul security post of Hazrat Sultan district and Rubatak market of the provincial capital. In the clash, five Taliban were killed and six others wounded.
The Taliban have not yet commented in this regard.