Ghor’s Pasaband district on the verge of collapse
FEROZKOH (Pajhwok): Local officials in western Ghor province on Monday said if security forces in Pasapand district weren’t immediately supported, the district would soon fall into the hands of insurgents.
Farid Afghanyar, the Pasaband district chief, during a telephonic communication with Pajhwok Afghan News, said insurgents again staged an overnight attack on Pasaband district at around 02:00am on Sunday night.
“Currently a fierce clash is underway near the district centre building. Security forces and the insurgents both have suffered casualties in the firefight and a security forces’ base also fell to the insurgents.”
The district chief said security forces were in dire and immediate need of air support and if reinforcements didn’t arrive the district would collapse.
“There has been fighting in the district over the past three months, weakening people’s economically, and every day security personnel suffer casualties, but the government is not paying attention. Over the past one year, we have been demanding the launch of an operation, but to no avail.”
A security official in the district was concerned about the security situation in the town. He said seven Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed and nine others injured during the latest clash.
“The district lacks good leadership and coordination among security forces,” he said, adding if the government didn’t pay attention, the district would soon collapse and there was also no way to escape as hundreds of security personnel would be wasted and their facilities would fall into insurgents’ hands.
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