65 policemen disappear in Uruzgan
TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): The Chinarto district chief of central Uruzgan province claimed 65 Afghan National Police joined Taliban insurgents while the provincial police chief denied the claim as baseless, saying they have been still fighting against militants.
The Chinarto district chief, Moalim Faiz Mohammad, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the 65 policemen, traveling on Thursday from the Khas Uruzgan district to Tirinkot, handed over their weapons to Taliban who shifted the policemen to secure places.
However, the provincial police chief, Brig. Gen. Ghulam Sakhi Roghlewani rejected the remarks as baseless, saying the policemen were traveling to Tirinkot when they encountered with Taliban. Two people have been injured in the ongoing clash against militants, he said.
Meanwhile, the Khas Uruzgan district chief, Abdul Karim said 65 policemen went missing on Thursday when they were traveling from the district to the provincial capital of Uruzgan.
Before traveling on the road under the Taliban control, the police had asked the security officials to shift them to Uruzgan by military helicopters, but the officials did not positively respond to their request, he said.
Meanwhile, local Taliban told media that the policemen surrendered to the militant group.
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