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Taliban’s bid to overrun Afghan district foiled, 20 killed

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Herat (Afghanistan), June 13 (IANS) Taliban’s attempts to capture Obe district in Afghanistan’s Herat province have been foiled with 20 insurgents killed, the police said on Thursday.

“Taliban militants launched massive offensive with the involvement of hundreds of fighters late Wednesday to capture Obe district, but the conspiracy has been foiled and the rebels fled away after suffering casualties and leaving 20 bodies behind,” provincial police chief Aminullah Omarkhil told Xinhua news agency.

Ten more militants were injured in the fierce fighting, the official said, adding that two police personnel lost their lives in the firefight.

Taliban militants have stepped up activities since launching their so-called annual spring offensive on April 12.



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