At least two Taliban fighters were killed and three others wounded after ambushing a convoy of four fuel tankers in Chashma-e-Sheer area in the north of Pul-e-Khumri city in northern Baghlan province on Thursday morning, local officials confirmed.
According to the drivers of the tankers, a group of Taliban fighters fired rockets at them. Two tankers were hit – both of which burnt out.
The insurgents then tried to seize the other two tankers but before they could, security forces arrived at the scene.
“It was around 5am or 6am today (Thursday) when the Taliban attacked the oil tankers and wanted to take two of them when we arrived at the scene.
They (Taliban) burnt two tankers. We recovered two other tankers after a clash with the militants. Two Taliban militants were killed and three others were wounded in the fight,” said Major Nasir Ahmad, executive officer of the sixth battalion of Shaheen 209 Corps.
The drivers, who own the tankers, said the incident happened on the Baghlan highway.
“When we arrived here, the Taliban were on the road and they fired a rocket at my tanker. I threw myself out of the cab and the tanker was burnt,” said Amanullah, one of the tanker owners.
“Taliban attacked my friend’s tanker first and then mine with rockets. I lost everything as my tanker was burnt. I just bought the tanker for $35,000 USD,” said Nek Mohammad, another tanker owner.
Health officials in Baghlan said two people had been wounded in the incident.
“Two wounded were brought to our hospital from Chashma-e-Sheer. One of them was a child and another was an army soldier. Both of them sustained minor injuries and were discharged after treatment,” said Shayad Rouhani, head of Pul-e-Khumri Hospital.
Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack and claimed they had inflicted casualties to government forces.