Policemen being prosecuted for retreat: Badr
JALALABAD (PAN): Policemen who retreated during an attack by insurgents on the Want Waigal district of eastern Nuristan province were being prosecuted, the governor said on Wednesday.
Approximately 800 armed opposition fighters on Tuesday overran the remote district near the border with Pakistan, Jalamaluddin Badr, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Badr acknowledged the assailants outnumbered the police, but he said they should have put up some resistance.
The governor said the district fell to Taliban hands after his calls for a major operation were not answered by the central government.
He said he had been asking the government for a military action over the past one year, but to no avail. However, he said the district would be recaptured from Taliban.
Nuristanpolice chief, Brig. Gen Shamsur Rahma Zahid, said Arabs, Chechens, Tajiks and Pakistani Taliban were among the attackers. He alleged Pakistani intelligence officials were in the district.
The Taliban are in control of four districts of the total eight districts of the province.
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