Sarab district’s acting chief gunned down by Taliban
TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): The Taliban have gunned down the acting administrative head for Sarab, a provisional district of central Uruzgan province, a police official said on Wednesday.
The insurgents took the district chief, Qasim Khan, out of his residence late on Tuesday night before shooting him dead, the Charchino district police head told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Second Lieutenant Wali Dad said the victim was the acting head of Sarab. But the governor’s spokesman Dost Mohammad Nayab said Sarab not being a formally recognised district did not have police or administrative heads.
Nayab added that a former governor had wilfully upgraded Sarab, a part of Charchino, as a district in a bid to keep different tribes united. He explained the victim was a tribal elder, not a district chief.
According to Wali Dad, 18 Taliban have been killed and 21 others injured in two days of clashes with police in Sarab. At least one policeman was also killed and another wounded.
The Taliban, meanwhile, confirmed the ongoing fighting in the area. The insurgent group claimed seizing control of several security checkpoints.
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