Eighteen individuals, including seven Taliban, were reportedly killed in clashes in Ghazni late Wednesday night, reports Citizen Journalist Mohammad Ibrahim Amiri from Ghazni. The skirmish took place in Andar district in Ghazni after the Taliban attempted to foil an uprising of the people against them.
About one month ago, a member of Taliban moved to Andar district and infiltrated local groups as civilian, Amiri explains. He participated in all the meetings by the villagers and communicated the details of the same to the Taliban. Finally then last night, around 2:00 am, ahead of the planned uprising, the Taliban launched a co-ordinated attack on the villagers.
As a result of violent clashes between the two groups, 11 civilians, including a commander named Abdullah, who part of the uprising were killed. Abdullah had reportedly killed a Taliban earlier, and his death was seen as a revenge.
Five other civilians were injured in the incident. Seven members of the Taliban were also killed, while 6 were badly injured, the spokesperson to governor of Ghazni Shafiq Nang Safi informed Amiri.
The injured are being treated at the Daud Khan hospital in Kabul, he added.
In a video, attached below, survivors of the uprisering have said that they will continue to confront the cruelty of Taliban and will not allow the terrorist group to stop their children from going to school. They further appeal to the government to support them in their initiative to suppress the Taliban.
Andar district shares a border with Pakistan and is one of most insecure districts of Ghazni. However, it must also be noted that one the first uprisings in Ghazni started from this districts.
(Sourced by Raziya Masumi; Edited by Enayat Azad; Video edits by Moez Popalzai)