Taliban claim capturing Ghazni’s Khogyani town
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): The Taliban on Wednesday claimed capturing the Khogyani district of southern Ghazni province, but their claim was rejected by local officials.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the fighters brought under their control the Khogyani district on Wednesday noon after killing 10 police. Another eight policemen and five fighters were injured, he said.
But the provincial government spokesman, Shafique Nang, told Pajhwok Afghan News the Taliban had not captured the town, but the district’s administration office had been shifted to a new place.
He said the district headquarters had been shifted from Chahar Qala area to Mirzakhel area. he said security forces had launched a search operation in the district and so far 14 militants had been killed.
Similarly, deputy provincial police chief Asadullah Insafi said the district had not fallen, saying the district headquarters were shifted to another area to quickly resolve people’s problems.
“Earlier people visiting the district centre will be harassed by Taliban, but now the office has been shifted to a secure place where people can easily go.”
However, Ghazni Peace Council member Khalil Hotak said local departments had weakened, making vulnerable many areas to the Taliban.
He criticized the shifting of the Khogyani headquarters, saying the move could enable the Taliban to establish their centres in various parts of the province.
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