At Least 70 Afghan Villagers Kidnapped By Suspected Taliban Fighters, Seven Killed

At Least 70 Afghan Villagers Kidnapped By Suspected Taliban Fighters, Seven Killed

Abdul Karim Youresh, spokesman for the police chief of Faryab Province, said the militants seized Kohistan district, including the government headquarters, early July 23. He said police have taken up positions about 8 kilometres from the district headquarters while they wait for reinforcements to launch a counterattack.

The friendly fire incident, now under investigation, happened during a US-supported Afghan National Defense and Security Forces operation that aimed to go after militants in Gereshk district, US Forces-Afghanistan said.

Afghan security forces are battling a 16-year-long insurgency led by the Taliban, an extremist group that was driven from power after a USA -led invasion following the September 11, 2001, terror attacks on the United States.

As per the recent reports, at least 13 militants have been reportedly killed in an airstrike in Afghanistan on Sunday. Bigzad said another 20 members of a local police force were missing following a firefight on July 21.

"Our mujahideen killed a number of local police and pro-government militias there, also capturing 17 suspects who were later released after interrogation".

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Representatives from the agencies managing the incident will provide an operational briefing and be available for questions. The blaze came within 35 miles (56 kilometers) of Yosemite, where campgrounds were open, park spokesman Scott Gediman said.

Khpolwak says the buses were travelling from Kandahar's Shah Wali Kot District to neighboring Uruzgan province when they came under attack.

A United States airstrike targeting Afghan militants Friday in restive Helmand province instead killed 16 Afghan police officers, United States and Afghan officials said. It wasn't immediately clear if they had been kidnapped or had escaped. In western Farah province, a ferocious gun battle between the Afghan army and Taliban insurgents left six Afghan soldiers dead and 12 Taliban killed, said Mohammad Naser Mehri, spokesman for the provincial governor. The area in which the fighting occurred is tucked inside a mountainous region where access is restricted and telephone contact is unsteady.

He said security forces and police were fighting the militants in eight districts in the province, located on the border with Turkmenistan.

The Taliban abducted 70 people on Friday from their houses in a village along the Kandahar-Tarinkot highway in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province.

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