Taliban claim seizing Bala Baluk district, but govt denies
FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): The Taliban on Wednesday claimed taking control of the Bala Baluk district of western Farah province, but local officials rejected the assertion as baseless.
Heavy clashes between security forces and militants have been ongoing for the past 10 days in Ganjabad and Shiwan areas, the district chief, Mullah Sayed Mohammad, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
He confirmed a Public Order Police post, which had been besieged for the past few days, was abandoned by the security forces in Ganjabad area as a tactical move on Wednesday.
Mohammad added no one had suffered casualties in the clashes between police and the rebels. However, 20 militants and a woman were killed in separate gunbattles in the past 10 days.
Farah Provincial Council Chairman Farid Bakhtawar said the Public Order Police checkpoint overrun by the insurgents was located in an old building in the district headquarters.
He insisted the district’s current building was under government control. But the militants claimed capturing the district headquarters and inflicting casualties on security forces.
The rebels said the district center was seized last midnight when three military tanks and a machinegun were also seized.
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