Dozens of ALP personnel rescued from Taliban siege
TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): An Afghan Local Police (ALP) commander was airlifted overnight along with his family members and 70 personnel, who had been besieged by the Taliban for the last 50 days, in central Uruzgan province, officials said on Sunday.
Uruzgan police chief Brig. Gen. Tooryalai Obdiani told a press conference in Tirinkot, the provincial capital, that ALP commander Mullah Samad remained besieged by the Taliban for the last 50 days in the Dehn Sang area of Khas Uruzgan district.
During the siege, the armed militants repeatedly attacked the house of Samad, killing and wounding some of his family members and ALP personnel. But the commander and his men put up stiff resistance.
At least 10 ALP men were killed and another 25 wounded during the attacks, he said, adding the Taliban also lost 25 fighters and another 61 were wounded in the clashes.
“Last night, Afghan Air Force personnel with support from foreign counterparts airlifted Commander Samad, his family members and 70 ALP personnel to Tirinkot,” the police chief said. Police conducted several operations to rescue the ALP personnel, but they had not been successful.
But Khas Uruzgan administrative chief Abdul Karim told Pajhwok Afghan News the 77-member ALP force had been reduced to 32, including some injured ALP men. Some ALP men have already been killed in clashes with militants and others have either defected to the Taliban or fled the area.
The district chief said the ALP commander had lost four family members during the siege, but the attackers also suffered heavy casualties for which he provided no figures.
A Taliban’s spokesman, Qari Yousaf Ahmadi, confirmed that Mullah Samad had been airlifted by helicopter from the area, but his base had been captured by the fighters.
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