Dand-i-Ghori locality in Baghlan falls to Taliban
PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): The Dand-i-Ghori locality in northern Baghlan has fallen to Taliban insurgents, an official said Saturday.
Bismillah Atash, provincial council member, said Pul-i-Khumri faced security threats after Taliban insurgent’s overrun last security post in Dand-i-Ghori.
He told Pajhwok Afghan News security forces had retreated to Hajhda Kotal area. “After the fall of the last posts, Pul-i-Khumri’s security is under threat and there is a possibility of Taliban getting to the doorsteps of the city.”
Dand-i-Ghori’s last section is a kilometre away from Pul-i-Khumri and Taliban have launched rocket attacks thrice on the city, wounding more than 10 persons.
Javed Basharat, police spokesman, said the military post in Wardaka was damaged during the heavy fighting and was not usable anymore.
He added security forces had positioned on the hills around Dand-i-Ghori and were planning to regain the area.
The provincial capital, he said, faced no security threats, adding that in the latest clash at least 12 insurgents and three policemen died, while 25 more insurgents had been wounded.
Taliban said on their website they captured the last military centre in Dand-i-Ghori after surrounding the area for days, killing two soldiers and wounding six more.
Unconfirmed reports said that some civilians have been wounded during the clashes and many families displaced.
Jang Gul, a resident of Wardaka locality, said around 150 families have left the area and moved to provincial capital. He said his wife and cousin were wounded in the fighting.
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