28 dead in recent clashes between Afghan forces and Taliban

As many as seven people, mostly civilians, were killed in fresh waves of violence attributed to the Taliban militants in Takhar, Kunduz, and Urozgan provinces, according to local officials.

The Taliban militants have killed a school principal along with a teacher in Taloqan, capital city of the northern Takhar province, a local official confirmed to Kabul Now.

Khalil Asir, spokesperson for Takhar police chief, said that the incident took place last night, October 17, in Shemar village of the capital city. He identified the victims as Saifurrahman, principal of Shemar Secondary School, and Mawlawi Abdul Karim, a teacher of the school who was also imam of a mosque in the area.

According to the local official, the Taliban killed the two education personnel after suffering defeat from Afghan security forces in the province. “The Taliban are killing them because religious scholars and school teachers are supporting the [republic] system,” Asir noted.

The Taliban, however, have not commented regarding the incident so far.

Moreover, three pro-government forces were confirmed dead in recent Taliban attacks in Imam Saheb district of the northern Kunduz province. Talking to Kabul Now, Esmatullah Muradi, spokesperson for Kunduz governor, said that the incident took place last night, October 17, in Dehqan Qeshlaq village of the district.

On the other hand, two women were killed and two baby girls were wounded after a mortar shell fired by the Taliban hit a residential house in Dehrawood district of the southern Urozgan province, said Ahmad Shah Sahel, spokesperson for Urozgan governor.

He added that the wounded children were in critical condition and were immediately transferred to hospital in the neighboring Kandahar province.

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