Taliban claim of Nawzad district fall rejected
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Taliban claimed capturing Nawzad district in southern Helmand province on Tuesday but local officials rejected militants’ claim by saying that the district office had been shifted to other location to avoid civilian casualties during fighting.
Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi told Pajhwok Afghan News that Taliban fighters pushed back security forces during an intense fight on Monday and got complete control of Nawzad district.
But Omar Zwak, the governor’s spokesman, said that the district office had been shifted following consultations with senior officials. “The district office was in densely populated area which inflicted casualties on civilians in fighting in the past. Therefore, the district office was shifted to Dana Ogainay area some three kilometers from the center,” he added.
Security check posts still existed in the area where the old district office was situated, he remarked.
Mohammad Asif Nawzadi, a resident of the locality, said that fierce fighting erupted on Monday in the district.
Taliban and security forces had not exact figures into casualties.
Taliban took control of Nawzad district two weeks ago but later insurgents were pushed back after few days when Kandahar Police Chief Gen. Razaq spearheaded operations in Helmand.
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