Security forces suffered casualties in Faryab fighting: MPs
ABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament members from northern Faryab province on Monday said heavy fighting was ongoing in six districts of the province in which security forces suffered heavy casualties in Almar district.
Fawzia Raufi, lawmaker from Faryab, told the lower house: “There is intense fighting in six districts of Faryab and last night four security posts in Almar district fallen to Taliban due to lack of weapons and ammunitions.”
She claimed 60 police personnel from these posts have been beheaded by Taliban. The bodies of these forces were still lying on the ground, she added.
She claimed apart from local Taliban more than 400 Uzbek fighters were also actively attacking security forces.
According to Raufi, without air support and reinforcement, several districts would fall until tomorrow.
Dr. Naqibullah Faiq, another member of parliament, in a telephone conversation from Faryab told Pajhwok Afghan News, during the last 48 hours 16 community forces have been detained by insurgents and 25 more along with policemen have been killed and wounded.
Without urgent aid, he warned, more than 400 of these forces were in danger of losing their lives.
The president had sent two helicopters to Faryab after he contacted him and has promised to use all options to eliminate insurgents. Faiq warned without due attention the entire province was in danger of falling.
Haji Mohammad Hashem, another Faryab MP, also confirmed security situation in six districts was a matter of serious concern.
He said security forces suffered heavy casualties but the figures were not clear since the posts were under Taliban control.
Meanwhile, Abdul Satar Barez, deputy governor, denied claims that some troops’ were beheaded, saying three posts had fallen in Almar. He added eight security forces had died and nine others wounded.
Operations have been launched to regain areas which were under Taliban control, Barez said.
The deputy governor said that Taliban shadow governor’s brother for Faryab was killed by security forces along with dozens of other insurgents.
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