Taliban launch coordinated attack on Giro district
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Taliban insurgents have launched coordinated attacks on Giro district of southern Ghazni province, officials said. The militants also blocked the Ghazni-Paktika highway for traffic.
Governor Abdul Karim Matin told Pajhwok Afghan News the rebels stormed the district late Sunday night and clashes were still ongoing.Both sides suffered casualties as reinforcements reached the area.
A provincial council member, Abdul Jame Jame, said the militants, who had surrounded Giro for the past several days, finally launched attacks on it on Sunday night. The rebels had seized many areas and clashes were still underway, he added.
Driver Obaidullah said: “The Taliban blocked the road this morning and snatched car keys from drivers.” The Ghazni-Paktika highway was also blocked in the Andar district of the province.
Ghazni Governo rAbdul Karim Matin confirmed the highway blockade.“Taliban have closed the road in Arzo area on the outskirts of Ghazni City and in Sultan Bagh area of Andar district.”
As the provincial police chief refused to comment on the incident, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said he had no information about the road closure as the telephones were dysfunctional in many areas.
Ghazni people and provincial police chief have repeatedly complained about the shortage of security forces to fight the militants, but the officials concerned have done nothing so far to address the complaints.
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