Musa Qala under threat of falling to Taliban: District chief
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The Musa Qala district of southern Helmand might fall to the Taliban if the government failed to dispatch direly-needed reinforcements as militants were closing in on the towncenter, an official warned on Saturday.
Mohammad Sharif Khan, the town’s administrative chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News the Taliban were only at a 50 meters distance from the district centre.
He said the insurgents had started coordinated attacks and the government should dispatch troops to control the situation. Only few soldiers had been left in the district who had neither taken food nor slept well enough, he added.
An official wishing anonymity said Taliban mounted attack on Afghan National Army (ANA) on Friday night in the district center and inflicted heavy casualties on soldiers.
Abdul Majid Akhunzada, provincial council member, confirmed Taliban attack and said that 80 to 100 ANA soldiers were in the center and 25 of them had reached safe to district center.
A local elder on condition of anonymity said that ANA soldiers had attacked Taliban gathering and killed 20 militants including a commander few days ago. Taliban stormed ANA base as a revenge on militants gathering by Afghan security forces.
Taliban spokesman Qari Yousaf Ahmad claimed killing 31 ANA soldiers and arresting 16 others. He said that huge arms cache and vehicles had been seized.
The 215 Maiwand Military Corps rejected Taliban’s claim by saying that ANA commander was present and monitored all the fight in the district.
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