After Nawa, Helmand’s Khanshin district also falls to Taliban
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Heavy clashes between Taliban and security forces are underway on the outskirts of Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, after the rebels overran Khanshin district, officials said on Tuesday.
A security official, who wished to go unnamed, confided to Pajhwok Afghan News that fierce gunbattles rocked the district Monday night.“Security forces have retreated from the town, enabling the Taliban to capture it.”
Hashim Alakozai, a lawmaker from the volatile province, confirmed the Taliban had taken control of Khanshin. He said security forces had also moved back from Garmser district and clashes were underway in Bagat locality.
But Omar Zwak, the governor’s spokesman, denied the fall of Khanshin to Taliban.He did confirm intense fighting, nonetheless. At the moment, he said, they had no contact with the district administration.
Capt. Gran Habibi, head of the 2nd police district in Lashkargah, claimed 27 Taliban had been killed and 16 others wounded in overnight engagements.
He added two police were also killed and some others wounded in the gunbattles. Gran acknowledged security personnel manning two check-posts had made a technical retreat, but they had since retaken their posts.
In a tweet, the Taliban claimed capturing Khanshin district after a brief battle with security forces. Earlier, there were reports that Nawa district had fallen to the Taliban.
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