Taliban in control of 4 Helmand districts
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Taliban militants are in control of at least four districts of southern Helmand province, a public representative and residents said on Thursday.
Earlier, Acting Defence Minister Masoum Stanikzai had said the Taliban did not control any district of the restive province.
But Helmand Provincial Council (PC) Secretary Attaullah Afghan told Pajhwok Afghan News that Baghran, Dishu, Musa Qala and Nawzad districts were under the control of Taliban.
He said heavy fighting was underway in other districts and the government had no presence in Nawa district.
According to the PC secretary, majority areas of Sangin, Kajaki, Washir and Marja districts are in Taliban control and the government only controls district centers and other facilities.
Sardar Mohammad Hamdard, a civil society activist, said except from two districts, the entire Helmand was in Taliban’s control.
He said the provincial government was solely responsible for the curret state of affairs due to its poor administration and massive administrative corruption.
But police spokesman 2nd Lt. Shah Mohammad Ashna said Dishu and Baghran districts had been in Taliban control over the past 10 years.
He said there were neither Taliban nor government in Nawa district and its administrative officials were presiding in Sangin.
The official said some parts of Musa Qala and Nawzad were being controlled by Taliban and others by the government.
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