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Ghazni's Zana Khan district changes hands -- yet again

Ghazni's Zana Khan district changes hands -- yet again

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Aug 24, 2017 - 15:15

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Local officials on Thursday said the security forces had retaken control of the Zana Khan district of southern Ghazni province, a claim rejected by the Talibaninfo-icon.

Governor Abul Karim Matin told a press conference in Ghazni City, the provincial capital, that the insurgents stormed Zana Khan district center on Wednesday night.

He said seven militants and three policemen were killed and five rebels and seven policemen injured in the ensuing gunbattle.

An overnight clash in Deh Yak district left 29 Taliban and five policemen dead, according to the governor, who said at least 16 militants and eight policemen were wounded.

Matin said a security post in Zana Khan district, which had fallen to the Taliban, was recaptured by the Afghan forces. He did not provide more information about the fall of the district.

However, the acting police chief, Mustafa Mayar, told Pajhwok Afghan News the district was controlled by the fighters only for an hour before it once again changed hands.

He said five Taliban and four policemen were killed and seven militants and as many security personnel wounded in Zana Khan clashes. Reinforcements reached the area to push the Taliban back.

Noor Rahman, a resident of Zana Khan, said clashes were ongoing in the district last night.

“I saw Taliban driving military tanks Thursday morning. The district center is away from us and the Taliban have probably captured it,” he said.

A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed the district was still under their control. He said fierce clashes were ongoing in the district,  where 25 security personnel suffered casualties.

Bodies of 11 policemen were still lying at the scene, he said. Mujahid said only one fighter was killed and three others were wounded.

Two years back, the district headquarters was shifted close to the capital of Ghazni for security reasons.

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