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Qala-i-Zal fell due to lack of security personnel

Qala-i-Zal fell due to lack of security personnel

May 15, 2017 - 21:32

KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Security forces have positioned themselves a few kilometres away from the Qala-i-Zal district of northern Kunduz province and are preparing for an operation to retake the district from insurgents, local officials said on Monday

The Qala-i-Zal district was captured by Taliban militants after a multipronged attack about 12 days back. It was for a second time the Taliban captured the strategic district and no operation has been launched so far drive the rebels from the town.

This reporter visited neighboring areas of the district and saw about 100 military personnel, some tanks and pick-up vehicles in the Dasht-i-Abdan desert situated a few kilometers from the Qala-i-Zal district. However, the forces said they lacked enough armament and personnel for conducting an operation to recapture the district.

Maboobullah Saeedi, the Qala-i-Zal district chief, cited the lack of security personnel behind the collapse of the district, saying: “The district’s collapse entered a 12th day today.”

He said the insurgents captured the district in order to threaten the Sher Khan Port. They staged the attack from different directions. Saeedi added the security forces had retreated from the district in order not to allow the insurgents reach near the Sher Khan Port.

According to him, the Taliban used an excavator to destroyed buildings of the district centre, however they weren’t permitted to destroy the district headquarters building and their excavator was hit from the air.

Subhan Gul, a resident of the district, who had taken refuge in Kunduz City, the provincial capital, said many families had been displaced.

He said the area people were in bad condition and security forces were yet to launch an operation for recapturing of the district.

However, Kunduz police chief Brig. Gen. Abdul Hamid Hamidi, informed about a planned operation for retaking the district, saying: “We are trying to retake the district.”

A military official, Col. Naeem, dubbed the retreat of security forces from the district as tactical, saying security forces currently existed in 100 metres of the district centre. He said both sides had sustained casualties in clashes, but provided no figures.