Warduj district in danger of falling to Taliban
FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): A lawmaker in Mishrano Jirga or upper house of parliament on Sunday claimed Warduj district of northeastern Badakhshan was in danger of falling to insurgents if back-up support did not reach the troubled district.
Engineer Afzal Shamil, addressing a general session of Mishrano Jirga, said security forces in the area had asked him for support after he had contacted them.
Shamil added currently 300 security forces were fighting insurgents in the district and officials had asked for at least 200 extra troops.
He expressed concerns that if Warduj fell to insurgents, eight surrounding districts would also fall to Taliban easily.
He added local officials had told him that the Taliban were preparing to mount attack on them.
Last week following heavy firefight among security forces and insurgents, the security forces had shunned Sufian and Bashand localities to insurgents.
Col. Sakhidad Haidari, a senior security official in Badakhshan, said number of police in Warduj was less who would not be sufficient to the threats that faced the district.
Dawlat Mohammad Khawar, Warduj administrative head, told Pajhwok Afghan News, earlier three battalions of army were deployed in the district, but now there was only one.
Khawar added number of insurgents had swallowed in the district that needed immediate response and deployment of more force.
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