ALP, border police blamed for deal with Taliban
FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): Police Chief of northeastern Badakhshan province on Saturday accused Afghan Local Police (ALP) and border police for their alleged surrender to Taliban in Warduj district.
Gen. Baba Jan absolved police and blamed on Nazirullah Shah, a senior border police official in the north and ALP for reaching a shameful deal with the enemy and handing them over a strategically important base in the north.
He, on his facebook wall questioned the surrender of border police and ALP commanders at a time when they did not run short of weapons and other equipments.
He said that border police and ALP commander had enough weapons and other equipments, hence their surrender was questionable.
Baba Jan also accused provincial council head who was arrested one and a half years back by security officials following his links with Taliban and now he blamed police for their surrender in Warduj.
Security officials earlier said Taliban took control of a military base of Afghan security forces and captured 100 security personnel in Warduj district of northeastern Badakhshan province.
A military base in Tirgran locality of the district was under constant attacks of militants for the last four days and the facility finally fell to Taliban on Sunday night.
Provincial police chief Col. Sakhi Dad Haidari confirmed falling of the military base to militants. He told Pajhwok Afghan News that 100 security men who were manning the base were also captured by the Taliban.
However, provincial council head Abdullah Naji said that security forces had offered stout resistance for four days against Taliban attacks and they demanded air support but the government failed to provide them with reinforcement.
A day earlier, Naji had said that parts of Tirgran area were already in Taliban control and the roads to Ashkasham, Zibak, Shaghnan and Wakhan would also be blocked if the base lost control to Taliban.
ut militants claimed capturing the base along with 110 security personnel stationed there.
The group’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said that a National Afghan Police (ANP) commander and a border police commander were also captured.
He said that 25 security personnel were killed, 10 machine guns, 10 rockets, tens of Kalashnikovs, mortars, and some ammunitions were also seized during the firefight.
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