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Taliban likely to overrun Barg-i-Matal: Badr

Taliban likely to overrun Barg-i-Matal: Badr

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Mar 19, 2011 - 14:24

JALALABAD (PANinfo-icon): Nuristan governor on Saturday warned of Talibaninfo-icon's possible attempt to overrun a district in the eastern province, bordering Pakistaninfo-icon.

"We can lose control of the Barg-i-Matal district if reinforcement of security forces is not carried out," Jamaludin Badr, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

The central government had promised sending a 50-member border police brigade, the governor said, adding they also needed a battalion of Afghan National Army.

Badr's call for reinforcement of security forces came two days after one policeman was killed and another was missing in a clash with insurgents in Barg-i-Matal.

Police chief, Gen. Shams-ur-Rahman Nuristani, said three militants were also killed and a fourth injured in the clash.

He said militants wanted to establish their headquarters in Kordar area. "But area people are not letting them to do so," Nuristani said, adding 150 extra police personnel had been sent to the troubled areas to prevent militants from gaining grounds.

The provincial council is in talks with tribal elders to curtail the threat posed by the rebels, he said.

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