KABUL: Over 200 Taliban insurgents have been killed or wounded during the ongoing military operations in northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan, the local officials said Wednesday.
Provincial governor Abdul Satar Barez said at least 130 Taliban militants have been killed and 95 others have sustained injuries during the operations so far.
Barez further added that the operations have suspended due to heavy snow fall in the area but the Afghan security forces are committed to clear the areas under the Taliban control.
The counter-terrorism operations were launched by the Afghan security forces late in the month of January from Dand-e-Ghori area close to Pul-i-Khumri city.
According to Barez, the Afghan security forces have managed to clear certain areas from the militants, including Baghlan-e-Markazi, Baghlan-e-Kohna, and Baghlan Sanati.
He said new security check posts have been established in the areas after they were cleared and Dand-e-Ghori will be completely cleared once snow fall stops to allow the reconstruction of destroyed electricity pylons.
Meanwhile, Barez said the militants have planted scores of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in the area which prevents the Afghan forces to expedite the clearance operations.
He also added that two members of the Afghan National Security Forces have been martyred and six others have sustained injuries during the operations so far.
The Taliban militants group has not commented regarding the ongoing operations and the setbacks the group has sustained during the ongoing operations.
Courtesy: Khamaa Press