Taliban besiege Paktika’s Waza Khwa district
SHARANA (Pajhwok): Taliban militants have laid siege to the Waza Khwa district of southeastern Paktika province and the town could fall to them if no attention paid was paid, warned residents on Thursday.
Tribal elder and former district chief Abdul Hai told Pajhwok Afghan News the Taliban had surrounded the district over the past 10 days.
He said most of the district residents were pro-government and police abandoning their posts and homes in nearby villages had reached the district centre.
The elder said the Taliban had captured seven villages around the district headquarters. “Taliban militants blew up gates of police posts and houses with explosives and took away their equipment and belongings. Not only police but their families are facing serious threat to their lives,” Abdul Hai said.
He said the conflict also involved Pakistani militants who had fixed machineguns and other heavy weapons on their seven pick-up vehicles and were attacking government installations and security posts.
Abdul Ghani, another resident, said if the district was ignored, it would threaten nearby districts as well.
A day earlier, the provincial governor told a press conference that reinforcements and logistic supplies had been sent to the Waza Khwa district and the situation there was not worrisome, a claim rejected by local residents.
Paktika provincial council chief Afsar Khan Sulimankhel also expressed his concern over the situation in Waza Khwa district where local security forces had engaged the attacking rebels over the past 10 days.
He urged the central government to take early measures for preventing the district from falling to the Taliban.
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