Supply route closed after rebel attack on Nawa district
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Taliban militants have again attacked the Nawa district of southern Helmand province, an official said on Wednesday.
A security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the rebels stormed the district on Wednesday night, closing the supply route.
He added the fighters had captured a security check-post in the area and inflicted casualties on security forces during the ensuing clash.
Agha Mohammad Takra, the district administrative head, confirmed the overnight attacks on check-posts, but had no information on the casualties.
The district chief demanded air support and ground forces from provincial officials to keep the Nawa from falling into Taliban’s hands.
Governor Hayatullah Hayat, addressing a martyr’s day ceremony in Lashkargah, conceded the loss of at least 10 policemen today. However, he did not say where and how they were killed.
His spokesman, Omar Zwak, confirmed five policemen were injured. But he denied the fall of any check-post. He said the security forces had launched an operation to defuse landmines on the road.
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