Taliban closing in on 2 Uruzgan districts
TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): Hundreds of Taliban fighters were closing in on the headquarters of two districts in central Uruzgan province, with efforts faltering to shift the dead bodies and injured Afghan security personnel to hospital, officials said on Wednesday.
The Taliban have been attacking different checkpoints over the past two weeks in Chinartu district, the district chief, Faiz Mohammad, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
He said the rebels had so far overrun eight checkpoints and were a kilometer away from the district centre.
“If we are not supported sooner, the district will be captured by insurgents,” he said, criticising the central government for giving false information to the media about the security situation in Uruzgan.
He said he had several times asked the officials concerned for help, but to no avail, adding that they had failed in taking three injured policemen to Tirinkot due road blockades.
Dehrawud district chief Aminullah Khaliqi said some Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers had been killed and 10 others wounded during clashes over the past few days in the district.
“There is neither a proper treatment facility for wounded soldiers nor anybody can takes the dead bodies and injured soldiers from the district centre,” he said.
However, an ANA battalion’s officer in the district said on the condition of anonymity that 20 soldiers had suffered casualties in the clashes.
“The officials are not supporting us during the war which shows their disloyalty with us,” he said, adding the road to the provincial capital had been closed and militants held trenches on hilltops preventing helicopters to land.
When Pajhwok reporter contacted the gubernatorial spokesman, he said he was on leave and did not know what was going on.
Uruzgan governor Amanullah had said a few days ago they had carried out search operations in different districts of the province, inflicting casualties on dozens of militants. According to the governor, the security of the province was stable.
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