Taliban capture 12 police posts in Uruzgan
TARINKOT (Pajhwok): The district chief of Gizab district in central Uruzgan province said that 12 police posts have been fallen to Taliban militants, warning security forces would lose control of the entire district if urgent support did not arrives on time.
Gizab district chief Abdullah told Pajhwok Afghan News that hundreds of Taliban rebels had launched attacks on several security posts from the past few days.
He warned that the district would likely be captured by rebels today as 12 posts have already fallen to insurgents.
“I am frequently asking provincial headquarters since two days to support me and fight rebels, but I did not receive any help so far,” he said.
The police posts were active in nine villages of the district but now police have retreated from them, he added.
Abdullah said that 10 militants and two policemen were killed and two police personnel and 12 rebels wounded during firefights.
Telephone communications have also been cut by rebels in the district.
The incident occurs at a time when harsh fights between rebels and Afghan forces have been underway in Charchino, Khas Uruzagan and Dehraud districts of Uruzgan province since one month. Dehraud district also lost control of several police posts to rebels last week.
Ministry of Interior (MoI) spokesman Seddiq Seddiqui had always stressed that not even a single district would fall to rebels, while a day earlier, Yamgan district of northeastern Badakhshan province was overrun by insurgents.
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