Andar could fall to Taliban, fear officials and residents
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): If security forces are not reinforced in the spheres of arms and personnel, the Andar district of southern Ghazni province might fall to the Taliban, an official warned on Saturday.
Andar district chief, Mohammad Qaseem Desiwal, told Pajhwok Afghan News recently a large number of Taliban insurgents had been gathered and launched efforts to take control of the town.
If the number of security personnel was not raised and more ammunition not provided to them, the district could be captured by the resurgent rebels, the official feared.
The Afghan Local Police (ALP) and other security forces; strength in the district was around 700, but it had declined to 100. “The Taliban are taking full advantage of the situation, stepping up their attacks,” he said.
The insurgents attacked three security posts in Andar on Friday night, wounding a member of ALP, he said, adding the rebels might have suffered casualties in the ensuing clash but he did not have specific information.
A resident of the district, Mohammad Anwar, told Pajhwok if the government did not pay attention to the town’s security, it would soon collapse. “Residents are scared by the increasing number of fighters. The government should do something before it is too late.”
However, the provincial police chief, Brig. Gen. Aminullah Amarkhel, said they were ready to deal with the challenge posed by rebels. If the Taliban attack any part of the province, they would not be able to collect the bodies of their associates.”
A few days ago, provincial council members expressed their grave concern over the possible fall of some parts of the province to insurgents. They emphasised timely action to stop the fighters in their tracks.
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