Pashtoonkot district teetering on the verge of collapse
MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Local officials in northwestern Faryab province warn the Pashtonkot district, besieged by the Taliban, may fall if reinforcement are not sent to the town to aid the security forces.
Abdul Qadir, the town’s administrative chief, said at least 10 members of an uprising group had joined Taliban’s ranks after their check-post was overrun by the militants in Qaraq Egit area.
He said they were trying to equip the check-post through the land route but failed to do. The checkpoint, needing equipment, could not be accessed by air.
The official added another three security check-posts manned by uprising groups, had also been surrounded by the insurgents. The post would collapse if the government did not providethem support.
Sibghatullah Selab, a provincial council member, said the situation in Faryab was precarious. Qaraq Egit and Kilam Baf localities had been captured by the Taliban, he acknowledged.
A security official, who wished to go unnamed, blamed the government for showing what he called negligence. The authorities were not interested in equippingthe security personnel in time, he alleged.
Earlier, the Taliban captured three police check-posts in Ghormach district and took 17 policemen hostage, including Abdul Majid Kilambafi, the district police chief. The security personnel were killed subsequently.
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