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Deh Raud may fall if reinforcements don’t arrive, official warns

Deh Raud may fall if reinforcements don’t arrive, official warns

May 17, 2016 - 10:32

TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): The Deh Raud district of central Uruzgan province may fall to the Talibaninfo-icon if the government failed to send emergency support, an official warned on Tuesday.

Aminullah Khaliqi, the town’s administrative head, told Pajhwok Afghan News that militants launched coordinated attacks from several sides on the district centre early this morning.

He said the insurgents were only a few metres from the district centre, warning Deh Raud would collapse if reinforcements did not arrive in time. The security forces are faced with a shortage of weapons and fuel.

Khaliqi asked the officials concerned to send reinforcements as soon as possible to beat back the attackers. Both sides had suffered casualties, he said without giving specific figures.

Amanullah Hotaki, a former provincial council head and resident of the district, confirmed fierce clashes were underway in the embattled town. The militants had entered the district centre and were attacking the office complex, he claimed.

Civilians also suffered casualties during the clashes as they were trapped in the main bazaar, Hotaki said, calling the situation fragile and risky.

However, the governor’s spokesman, Dost Mohammad Naib, ruled out the possibility of the district falling to the Taliban. He said there were enough security personnel to resist the militant onslaught.



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