Afghan forces retake control of northern border

Forces take back Char Dara district days after it fell to Taliban

Afghan forces retake control of northern border

World Bulletin / News Desk 

The Afghan government has claimed its forces have retaken control of a northern border district previously seized by Taliban.

Afghan security forces backed by air support conducted ground operations in Char Dara district, a part of northern Kunduz province that borders neighboring Tajikistan.

Kunduz provincial governor Mohammad Omar Safi said Afghan security forces have recaptured the district after heavy fighting that killed 85 Taliban.

“Taliban's prominent commander Mawlawi Rahmatullah has also been killed during the operation,” Safi told reporters in Kunduz, adding that there were foreign fighters among those killed.

“We began targeting militants from ground and air. Security forces have pushed them out of the district and are chasing them,” Safi said.

“At least six security personnel and one civilian were killed and 10 other civilians were wounded,” Safi said. “Our forces are [now] fighting to retake control of Dasht-i-Archi district.”

The Taliban's spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid denied the government’s claims, though an independent source in Kunduz confirmed that government forces had retaken control.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Haziran 2015, 15:26