Taliban attack on district in western Afghanistan repulsed, 20 militants killed

2021-07-01 14:55:42Xinhua Editor : Zhang Dongfang ECNS App Download

A Taliban militants' attack on Ghoryan district of Afghanistan's western Herat province has been repulsed and the armed group fled with 20 militants killed, a statement of the provincial government said Thursday.

Hundreds of Taliban insurgents launched multi-pronged offensive on Ghoryan district in the wee hours of Thursday but the security forces retaliated forcing the insurgents to flee leaving 20 bodies behind, the statement said. 

Ten more militants were injured in the counter-offensive backed by fighting planes, the statement added.

The statement also confirmed that one security personnel was killed and three sustained injury.

It also noted that the security forces would continue to chase the militants in Ghoryan and its vicinity to ensure security.

Taliban militants have reportedly captured more than 70 districts since the start of the withdrawal of the U.S.-led forces from Afghanistan on May 1.

The militant group has yet to make comments on the situation in the troubled Ghoryan district.


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