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Taliban threatening to close important road in Paktiak

Taliban threatening to close important road in Paktiak

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Aug 20, 2018 - 11:05

SHARAN (Pajhwok): The Talibaninfo-icon have been threatening to close the Urgon highway in southeastern Paktika province which connects eight districts in the province, the residents say on Monday.

Meanwhile security forces assured the residents that no negligence would be committed in the security of the highway.

Khurshed Aman Katawazai, civil societyinfo-icon organizations coordination head, said special attention was needed to be paid to Paktikat special the Urgon highway.

He said security forces check-pots situated in the Shator locality of Sar Rawzai district often came under attacks.

Abdullah, the resident of Sharan, the provincial capital, said security of the Urgon highway has deteriorated recently.

He added rebels attack security forces check-post and there had been rumours that the Taliban wanted to close the vital highway on traffic.

Sher Khan, the resident of Urgon district, said if the Urgon highway is blocked nine districts of the Urgon zone would be disconnected with Sharan and the transfer of goods from Pakistaninfo-icon would be stopped.

He asked the Taliban not to block the road on people and urged the government to ensure the security of the highway.

Ahmad Shah, an Afghan Local Police (ALP) commander assured the residents of complete security on the highway.

He said the ALP personnel were fully ready to ensure the security of the highway and would not allow the Taliban to block the road.

District Police Chief 2nd Lt. Abdul Waheed said the Taliban would never be able to close the Urgon highway.

It is worth mentioning that currently roads from Ghazni and Kabulinfo-icon to Paktia province had been closed on traffic from the past few months by the Taliban.

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