KABUL: Taliban militants killed dozens of people, mostly civilians, after capturing Mirzawlang area of Sayyad district in northern Sar-i-Pul province, an official said on Sunday.
The area had been under control of the Afghan Local Police (ALP) and public uprising members (pro-government forces) until August 4, when Taliban attacked and severely battled for capturing the area.
Local officials said some parts of the Mirzawlang area were under Taliban control and others under Daesh militant group.
Governor Mohammad Zahir Wahdat on Sunday told a press conference here that nearly 40 civilians, including children and women, had been killed and dozens of others forced to flee homes due to clashes between governmental forces and insurgents.
He didn’t go into details, saying exact figures of casualties and financial losses to people were yet to be ascertained.
However, a resident of the area, wishing anonymity, claimed 67 civilians had been killed during the clashes.
Governor Wahdat said 10 insurgents were also killed and another 12 injured in the clashes. He admitted the killing of seven security personnel as well.
Concerned about the situation, provincial council members and civil society activists held a gathering on Sunday and demanded serious attention to the security issues in Sayyad district.
Mohammad Noor Rahmani, the provincial council head, said keeping in view the strategic importance of Mirzawlang area, if the government didn’t take steps for regaining its control, first the Sayyad district would collapse and then the Sar-i-Pul city, the provincial capital.
People displaced from Mirzawlang are in a bad situation. Hamida, one of the displaced people, took refuge in Toghani area of the provincial capital.
She was currently residing in a home of her friends along with her 10-member family. She said many families had fled homes and come to Sar-i-Pul city.
Haidari, another displaced person, said nearly 500 families in their area were rendered homeless due to the clashes and were now living in houses of relatives and some others had taken refuge in mosques in Sari-i-Pul city and were in a bad condition. – Agencies

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