Taliban claim overrunning Khak-i-Safed district
FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): The Taliban on Wednesday claimed they had overrun the Khak-i-Safed district of western Farah province, but officials said there were only two security posts which had been shifted elsewhere.
Taliban spokesman Qari Yousaf Ahmadi said the fighters captured the district centre last night after surrounding it for a long time. The rebels seized five tanks of government forces, arms and acumination after capturing the district, Ahmadi said.
But Farah police chief Brig. Gen. Fazl Ahmad Samadyar rejected Ahmadi’s claims and said no clash had taken place last night in the Khak-i-Safed district.
He said there were one police and one Afghan National Army post and the two posts were shifted from the district’s Qorghan area to Nasrullah Qala area last night. There had been no clash during the transfer of the posts, the police chief said.
Qorghan is located near the district centre while Nasrullah Qala is about eight kilometers away.
Samadyar said the Taliban had laid siege to Qorghan area for the last 26 days and that was why the security posts were relocated.
Without going into details, the police chief said the district had been without administrative head and other officials and government services did not reach residents.
The governor’s spokesman, Mohammad Yunas Rassouli confirmed the police chief’s account, saying the Khak-i-Safed district chief, Abdul Khaliq Noorzai, who also serves as the district police chief, had gone to Saudi Arabia for the performance of hajj.
He said since Noorzai had gone to Saudi Arabia, no other officials performed duty in the district, but stopped short of going into further details.
Telephonic services do not work in the district, thus Pajhwok Afghan News inability to contact local residents.
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