Taliban capture 13 Badakhshan border police posts
MAIMANA/FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): Taliban militants captured 13 check-posts after they were abandoned by security forces to avoid clashes in the Warduj district of northeastern Badakhshan province, an official said on Sunday.
Provincial intelligence department chief Col. Sakhidad Haidari said border police had deliberately retreated from their positions after receiving threats from the enemy. Weapons had been placed in a safe place, he said.
The area is said to be strategically important because it connects four districts of Badakhshan. Abdul Karim, a resident of the area, said the Taliban could launch their attacks from the area and could spot movement of security forces.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed the fighters had seized 13 border police posts in the area.
Elsewhere, two security personnel were killed and as many wounded after they were ambushed by militants in northwestern Faryab province, an official said on Sunday.
One Afghan Local Police (ALP) man and one volunteer security guard were killed in the ambush that took place in the Almar district last night, Mohammad Saleh Saleh, the town’s administrative chief, said.
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