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Troops reclaim Yamgan district of Badakhshan: Official

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AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Afghan security forces have recaptured Yamgan district in northeastern Badakhshan province from insurgents.  According to the Interior Ministry spokesman, Sediq Sediqqi, Afghan security forces have recaptured Yamgan district Sunday morning after days of large-scale military operations and targeting insurgent’s safe havens. Sediqqi said that 120 militants have been killed including their six commanders in the operation. A Tajikistani commander was also among the killed commanders, he said.

Ahmad Naweed Frotan, spokesman for the acting governor of Badakhshan province said that the district was under Taliban control for about two weeks. He added that Taliban suffered heavy casualties during the clashes with security forces where hundreds of Taliban insurgents have been killed. He said that 20 foreign militants were among the killed insurgents.

Frotan said that protection of civilian’s life was our priority during operations, but unfortunately five security forces were killed and 10 others wounded. He added that Afghan air forces had played key role in pushing back the Taliban. “Afghan National Police, Afghan National Army and National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel are take part in the operations.” Frotan said.

He further said that currently military operations had conducted in Khastak valley and Juram district as the Taliban have fled from Yamgan district to these areas.

As a result of clashes in Yamgan during the past two weeks, hundreds of families displaced.