BadakhshanMinistry of Interior announced that Afghan security forces have recaptured Yamgan District of Badakhshan province from militants.

Sediq Sediqi, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior said that after large-scale military operations security forces took full control of Yamgan District this morning.

The district was under Taliban control for about two weeks. It was ran over by hundreds of Taliban insurgents armed with light and heavy weapons on 6 June.

Sediq Sediqi said 120 insurgents have been killed during these operations including six commanders of the group.

A Tajikistani is among the militant commanders killed in the operations.

Ahmad Naweed Frotan, spokesman for the acting governor of Badakhshan province told Khaama Press that Taliban suffered heavy casualties during the clashes with security forces.

He said 20 foreigners were among the insurgents killed in these operations.

Frotan further said that civilians have not suffered casualties during these operations but five soldiers embraced martyrdom and 10 others wounded.

Afghan National Police, Afghan National Army and personnel from the National Directorate of Security (NDS) took part in the operations. however, Afghan air force played key role in pushing back the Taliban, Frotan said.

“Security forces are now considering military operations in Khastak valley and Juram Distric since the Taliban from Yamgan District have fled to these locations,” Frodan added.

Shah Waliullah, the acting governor of Badakhshan province had earlier told Khaama Press that Khastak valley has become a safe haven of militants from where they plan attacks.