‘Russians spotted in Taliban ranks in Uruzgan
TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): Russian mentors have been seen with Taliban militants operating just 10 kilometres from Tirinkot, the capital of central Uruzgan province, an official claimed on Tuesday.
Police chief Brig. Gen. Ghulam Farooq Sangari told Pajhwok Afghan News Russian trainers had been spotted in Taliban ranks recently, a claimed the provincial governor rejected.
Provincial Council head Amir Mohammad Barakzai confirmed Sangari’s claim and said the Russian trainers had been previously seen in Darfeshan area a few months earlier.
He said the Russians had filmed military installations which the Taliban captured from Afghan security forces.
Governor Nazir Kharotai said they had investigated the romours that some people in Taliban ranks spoke foreign language.
He said their investigation showed there were no Russians among the Taliban.
The Taliban and Russia have acknowledged their contact but Moscow has strongly rejected it supplied arms and assistance to the rebels.
The Taliban rejected the claim as a false rumor, with their spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid saying the rumor was an intelligence propaganda aimed at creating fear.
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