Security in Tirinkot improves after Taliban's retreat
TERINKOT (Pajhwok): Governor of central Uruzgan province on Saturday said the security situation improved after Afghan forces operations forced militants to retreat from many areas in Terinkot, the provincial capital, while local residents reject the claim.
On August 29, hundreds of Taliban militatns launched attacks on Terinkot City and had reached to about 200 meters close to the governor’s house.
However, Governor Mohammad Nazir Kharoti claimed the insurgents had suffered heavy casualties in the clearing operation that had forced to leave the area.
In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, he scotched speculation that Tirinkot was still under threat. He said the security situation had returned to normal after the arrival of reinforcements.
Kharoti did not provide information about casualties and the damage caused by the attacks, but promised police ranks would be reformed for stability in the city. He called on people to return to their homes.
On the other hand, residents insisted militants were still in the city and the security forces were not able to push them back.
Mohammad Sabir, an inhabitant of the Sar Shakhlo area of the provincial capital, said the Taliban were still hiding in village and firing rockets into the city every day.
The militants were only a few hundred metres from the police headquarters, he said, adding his village had become a front line. Telephone services have been down in Tirinkot for several days.
Another resident of the city, Qudratullah, said the Uruzgan-Kandahar highway was also blocked as result of fighting that caused an increase in prices of food items in local markets.
The Taliban had once blocked the highway about six months ago but later Afghan forces reopened it after suffering heavy casualties.
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