Taliban on the verge of capturing Ajristan
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): The Taliban have captured a number of police check-posts, laying siege to the Ajristan district headquarters in southern Ghazni province, an official said on Friday.
Deputy Governor Ali Ahmadi told Pajhwok Afghan News the police posts in Mohammadkhel and Langarkhel areas near the district office complex had been overrun by the militants.
But security personnel were trying to frustrate Taliban’s efforts to enter the district centre, the official said, adding the fighting had caused casualties. However, he had no specific figures.
Ahmadi warned the restive district could fall to the insurgents if reinforcements were not sent to the area. Police were in immediate need of support, he stressed.
Provincial council member Abdul Jame Jame also confirmed the fighters were zeroing in on the district centre. He also spoke of casualties, but offered no details.
A resident of the Gadakhel area of the district, Roohullah, said heavy clashes had been underway for several days. But the fighting intensified last night, he added.
Meanwhile, the Taliban said they were yet to take wrest the district’s complete control. The group’s spokesman Qari Yousaf Ahmadi claimed capturing many security posts in Ajristan.
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