Insurgents overrun Surkh Kotal area of Baghlan
PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): Taliban have captured the Surkh Kotal locality of northern Baghlan province after several days of fighting, with security forces managing to flee the area, officials on Wednesday.
One security official, who wished to go unnamed, confided Pajhwok Afghan News the insurgents had intensified attacks in the area early on Wednesday and security personnel had to retreat after the locality fell to the militants.
Sources revealed a number of security personnel, who had been under siege for the past four days, managed to flee the neighbourhood.
A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said the Surkh Kotal locality had fallen into their hands and scores of security men had been killed or wounded.
Meanwhile, relatives of security officials, who had been trapped in Tapa-i-German locality, said they had no information about their family members.
Mohammad Karim, relative of a soldier, said two of his cousins were in Afghan Local Police ranks were under Taliban’s siege. They claimed two policemen were killed and as many wounded in a Taliban attack early in the morning.
Governor Abdul Sattar Barez, meanwhile, accused the militants of hiding in civilian houses. He said due to fear of civilian causalities, security officials could not move quickly against the fighters.
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