Taliban overrun 14 villages in Sar-i-Pul
SAR-I-PUL (Pajhwok): Local officials on Tuesday said the Taliban had captured 14 villages in the Sozma Qala district of northern Sar-i-Pul province.
Hayatullah Hayat, the Sozma Qala district chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News the villages fell to the Taliban on Monday.
“These 14 small and big villages were captured by Taliban under a deal with two local police commanders,” he said.
He did not name the police two commanders, but said if the government did not take immediate action the district centre would also fall to the insurgents.
But Noor Habib Gulbahari, Sar-i-Pul police chief, said the villages had not fallen due to the war. “Based on consultations with people, the local police had surrendered their weapons to the government not to the Taliban,” he said.
The local police left the area after residents insisted they were neither with the government nor with the rebels, he added.
The police chief said efforts were ongoing to regain control of the areas, but said without air support it would be a challenge to do so.
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