Sangin has not fallen to Taliban, says Helmand governor
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The governor of southern Helmand province on Monday rejected the Taliban had captured Sangin district and said clashes between security forces and militants were ongoing in the troubled town.
Yesterday, a reliable source at the provincial police headquarters told Pajhwok Afghan News the Taliban had captured Sangin district’s administration office and the district police building, besieging 150 police.
But Governor Mirza Khan Rahimi on Monday told Pajhwok Afghan News Sangin had not fallen to the Taliban and clashes between the rebels and security forces were underway at the district police headquarters and the administration building.
Rahimi said security forces last night conducted an operation in Zanbali area of Sangin, inflicting heavy casualties on insurgents. He said a military operation was also underway in the town.
But the deputy head of the provincial council, Abdul Majeed Akhunzada, told Pajhwok Afghan News last night sometimes Taliban and sometimes security forces were in control of the police and the administration buildings.
He said security organs should prevent the rapid progress of the Taliban in Helmand.
A member of the council, Hayatullah Mayar, said the Taliban last night captured many government offices besides the police and the administration buildings. He confirmed a large number of security forces remained besieged in the district.
A source at the provincial police headquarters said nearly 150 police had been surrounded by the insurgents in Sangin. He said the besieged police could be killed if they were not provided emergency assistance.
Brig. Mohammad Rassoul Zazi, the 215 Maiwand Military Corps spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News clashes in the Sangin district were still ongoing. He said security posts abandoned by local police personnel had been recaptured by the Afghan National Army troops.
The Taliban have so far said nothing about the capture of Sangin district.
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