Badakhshan onslaught shocks lawmakers
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Monday asked the government to thoroughly investigate Taliban’s attacks in which dozens of Afghan National Army troops suffered casualties in northeastern Badakhshan province.
Armed insurgents launched attacks on several ANA posts in the mountainous province’s Juram districts on Friday, killing nine soldiers, injuring seven and at least eight troops had gone missing.
At least 27 attackers were killed in the ensuing clashes that periodically continued until late Sunday. The Ministry of Defence in a brief statement said 33 soldiers were killed, injured and went missing after the attacks.
The Wolesi Jirga, lower house of parliament, discussed the attack in Badakhshan. Abdul Rauf Inami, a lawmaker from Badakhshan and the national assembly’s secretary, said “wrong figures” had been given about ANA casualties from the assault.
He said he had contacted local health clinics in Badakhshan and he was told that 28 ANA personnel had been beheaded alone, 30 were missing and 14 injured. However, he did not say how many were killed in total.
He said the attackers had taken with them three tanks, seven ranger pick-up vehicles, 79 weapons and torched three pick-up vehicles.
“Some bodies were found without heads and some heads were found without bodies. Local officials are hiding this, but I want to tell it. We always discuss sorrows here, but there is no impact of the discussion. I just want to speak out my heart and relieve the pain in it.”
Inami said had security forces focused their attention on Badakhshan security before, the province would not have faced with such grave insecurity today.
He suspected insider’s involvement in the attack and asked the government to question the officials concerned.
Another lawmaker from Badakhshan, Fauzia Kofi, said the security forces had run out of fuel, otherwise they could have left the area and avoided such huge casualties.
She said the government should either provide security to people or let them maintain their own security. “The people are no longer able to endure such a situation.”
Kofi urged the assembly to enter talks with the president and the chief executive officer over the fast deteriorating security situation in the country.
Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi informed that a joint delegation of both the houses had summoned the national security advisor, the interior minister, the acting defence minister and the spymaster tomorrow on the subject.
He said the joint commission, after being briefed by the summoned officials, would share the details with the house for a decision.
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