Several security personnel suffer casualties in Sangin, Marja
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Taliban attacks on the police headquarters and security posts in Sangin and Marja districts of southern Helmand province inflicted casualties on 40 security personnel, an official said on Friday.
A credible source in the Helmand police headquarter confided to Pajhwok Afghan News the militants stormed the district police headquarters before dawn after the departure of army commandos from the town.
The official claimed the Taliban had blown up parts of the building. However, the source added the headquarters was recaptured by security forces after heavy clashes on Friday morning.
At least 25 security personnel, including Afghan National Army (ANA) soliers and policemen, had suffered casualties, the source said, adding the district police chief, Daud Khan, was among the wounded.
The clashes are still ongoing in the area and may cause more casualties if reinforcements are not rushed to the district, according to the source, who said Daud Khan was in critical condition.
He said the militants had stepped up attacks on security forces in Marja and the road between the district center and Lashkargah was being controlled by the rebels.
Fifteen security personnel were wounded in an overnight firefight on the road. He warned some of the wounded soldiers were still at the scene and might lose their lives, if not shifted to hospital.
Omar Zwak, the governor’s spokesman, confirmed the Sangin fighting but had no information about casualties. But he denied the guerrillas had regained control of the Marja road.
Akhtar Mohammad, a tribal elder from Marja, said a 12 kilometres road between Kamp area and the district centre had been cleared of landmines. But the road and the district police headquarters have been retaken by the rebels.
The security forces in the district had been surrounded by the fighters, the elder said, adding the bodies of three security personnel were still lying in Drab area, controlled by the Taliban.
On the other hand, Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi claimed inflicting casualties on 32 soldiers, destroying 13 security vehicles and pushing back the ANA commandos.
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