Taliban closing in on Uruzgan’s capital: PC head
TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): The Provincial Council (PC) chief on Wednesday warned the capital of central Uruzgan province would fall into Taliban’s hands if Special Forces were not immediately dispatched.
Abdul Karim Khademzai issued the warning when hundreds of Taliban were attacking Tirinkot from three sides and heavy clashes were underway over the past few days.
He said the assailants were only 600 metres away from Tirinkot in some places and the residents were on the run.
Khademzai said the provincial council members were in contact with officials of security departments and they had pledged dispatching fresh forces, but the reinforcements had not yet arrived.
The public representative said it was due to a weak leadership of security forces that the Taliban reached closer to the provincial capital and were advancing.
Meanwhile, security officials said the Tirinkot-Uruzgan highway and the Tirinkot-Chora district road had been blocked against traffic and public movement.
Security officials had vacated seven posts on the Tirinkot-Kandahar highway and the insurgents had captured them along with weapons, the sources said.
Police Chief Brig. Gen. Mohammad Wais Samimi said the Taliban launched attacks on security forces check-posts in Garm Ab, Karak, Mehabad, Dejoz and Tangi localities and clashes were ongoing.
He claimed at least 30 Taliban had been killed and 40 others wounded during the clashes so far.
Another security official, who wished to go unnamed, said at least three policemen had been killed and 15 others wounded since last night clashes on the outskirts of Tirinkot.
The Taliban claimed killing scores of security officials and capturing several check-posts in Uruzgan. The group also claimed 12 policemen had surrendered to them.
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