Mullah Rasoul, a.k.a., Mullah Zakir
The Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum has returned to the battlefield in northern Jawzjan province as local officials report the Taliban insurgents have suffered heavy casualties.
Provincial governor’s spokesman Mohammad Reza Ghafoori said at least 30 Taliban insurgents have been killed and nearly 40 others have sustained injuries during the operations.
He said the operations are being conducted in Aqcha district but the Office of the Vice President reported that 5 villages have been cleared of the militants so far.
The operations were launched around 5:00 am local time today and clearance operations are underway after the militants were forced to flee the area, the Office of the Vice President said.
In the meantime, Ghafoori said, a commander of the Taliban group, identified as Mullah Rasool was killed and the group’s shadow district governor for Aqcha was injured.
He said operations are also underway in Qosh Tapa district where majority of the militants have suffered casualties.
The Taliban militants group has not commented regarding the report so far.
Jawzjan is among the relatively volatile provinces in northern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militants are actively operating in a number of its districts.