‘Taliban far-better equipped than security forces’
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The strategic Musa Qala district in southern Helmand province is facing with serious insecurity as the security forces are ill-equipped and small in number, an official said on Saturday.
Sharif Khan, the district chief, in an exclusive interview told Pajhwok Afghan News that bringing down the number of security forces in the district benefited Taliban who were planning to control several areas of the district.
Taliban were divided in three groups while each group consists of 150 fighters and they all attacked security forces which inflicted casualties on security personnel.
The district chief said civilians and military departments did not have employees which affected the government writ and administrative activities. He said that lack of development work and job opportunities were root causes of motivating youth to join militants’ ranks.
Police did not have latest weapons and ammunition to combat Taliban where the militants have modern weapons and easily could control check posts. One fourth of the district was under government control and the district could fall to Taliban if the government failed to send immediate reinforcement.
The security situation has reached to an alarming position since 13 out of 30 schools and four health facilities are functional in the district. The roads are insecure and mostly the patients die on the way to hospital.
Security forces, according to a strategy, retreated from some of the check posts to strengthen their position in strategically important check posts and the district would never fall to militants, provincial police chief Nabi Jan Mulakhel pledged.
The residents told Pajhwok Afghan News on telephone that Taliban daily got control of one or two check posts and inflicted casualties on security forces. The district would fall soon if serious offensive was not launched soon to purge the area of rebels.
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