Afghan Forces Retake Control of Taywara District in Ghor

(Last Updated On: July 27, 2017 2:25 pm)

Afghan security forces on Thursday retook the control of Taywara district of Ghor province from Taliban militants, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) confirmed.

“The Afghan army commandos retook the control of Taywara district which was fallen into the hands of enemies five days ago during a blitz today at around 09:30 a.m.,” a statement released by the MoD said.

The statement added that the operation was underway to fully clear the district from the existence of the enemies.

Earlier in the day, the provincial governor spokesman, Abdul Hai Khatibi, told Ariana News that an air-ground operation was launched early at the morning to recapture the district.

According to the official, more than 60 militants and about 20 Afghan forces have been killed during the fighting, but there was no confirmation regarding the causalities from the defense ministry.

The Taliban group has not made a comment about the report yet.

This comes as the Taliban insurgents captured Taywara district last Sunday after days of intense fighting with Afghan forces.

Following the seizure of the district, the heavily-armed militants stormed a hospital and killed more than 35 people.

“When the Taliban entered the hospital they killed 35, all civilians,” Shah Hussain Murtazawi a presidential spokesman said on Monday, without specifying if they were patients or staff.

By Hesamuddin Hesam

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