Taliban take military base control in Badakhshan
FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): Security officials on Sunday 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.
Around 60 other security personnel have escaped to another military base in Chakaran area of the district, he said.
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.
A local elder wishing anonymity said security forces were totally trapped and they had no option but to surrender following mediation by local elders.
He said that the 7th police battalion commander Nazrullah was also among the police personnel who surrendered.
But 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.
Security officials earlier said that 18 rebels including two foreigners and two Taliban commanders were killed in Tirgran gun battle.
They said that around 300 rebels including 70 foreign fighters participated in Warduj fighting.
A day earlier, spokesmen of the Ministry of Interior and Defense had denied the Taliban’s siege of the base and said that no base was under security threat in any part of the country.
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