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Taliban besiege Musa Kala district center

Taliban besiege Musa Kala district center

May 19, 2015 - 13:40

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Local officials and residents said that hundreds of Talibaninfo-icon had besieged Musa Kala district of southern Helmand province, warning people to leave the area for safer places.

Musa Kala district police chief second Lt. Essa Khan told Pajhwok Afghan News around 400 rebels were gathered on the outskirts of the district center today morning. Militants have asked residents of the area to leave their houses to safer areas, he said.

“The district may fall to insurgents, because we have no resources to offer stout resistance. We have asked central government for reinforcement but it is unclear when we will provided with the direly needed support,” Khan said.

Haji Janan, a leading elder in the district, said: “Most of the families are packing their belongings and leaving their homes and closing their shops to leave the area. Taliban through loudspeakers warn people to vacate the area.”

Another tribal elder Haji Dost said he was aware about rebels’ assault to capture the district and he had shared the information with the government some two months ago.

“If the district fell to rebels they will treat badly people who are working with the government,” he said.

District chief Mohammad Sharif Khan confirmed the threat but provided no further details.

Last Sunday, Sharif Khan in an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News said that armed rebels were getting stronger in the district as government had no time to security the strategic district.

Taliban have not commented on the development so far.


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