Taliban Deny Killing Turkmen Border Guards
KABUL – Expressing grief over the killing of Turkmenistan border security forces, Taliban on Saturday vehemently denied their involvement in the incident. The latest killing of border police took place on Wednesday night when the militants crossed the border into Turkmenistan from the Maqur district, the governor’s spokesman, Mirwais Mirzakwal, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Another two Turkmen border policemen were injured in the gun attack, he said. But Taliban rejected the allegations as baseless, with the group’s spokesman, Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, said in a statement Badghis officials had leveled concocted allegations against them in a bid to achieve their vested interests.
“We strongly denounce such kinds of irresponsible allegations and deny our involvement in the incident,” the statement said, expressing condolences with the neighboring country and bereaved families. It said the group wanted close relations with neighbors, regional country and the international community based on mutual respect and did not interfere in internal affairs of others and expect the same from others. (PAN)