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Taliban closing in on Khanabad centre: public reps


Taliban closing in on Khanabad centre: public reps

Jul 22, 2017 - 16:39

KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): A public representative on Saturday said the Taliban were closing in on the centre of Khanabad district of northern Kunduz province, calling on the government to pay urgent attention to the situation.

The Provincial Council (PC) member, Safiullah Ameri, in an exclusive interview told Pajhwok Afghan News that militants attacked on the district and captured several villages and closed the Kunduz-Takhar highway on Friday morning.

“The district has been under siege since two days, we have contacted the authorities to send reinforcements, but unfortunately there has been no positive response. If proper attention is not paid, the chance is the insurgents will overrun the district,” he warned.

Another member of the council, Rabani Rabani, also expressed concern over the closer of the Kunduz-Takhar highway and urged security officials to pay attention to the security of the district.

“The Takhar-Kunduz highway is blocked since two days, the government must pay serious attention to security of the major highway because people of Kunduz, Badkhsan and Takhar travel on it, the authorities should try to keep it open,” Rabani said.

A public uprising commander, who did not want to be named, also warned if additional forces not reached, the district would fall into the hands of militants.

Meanwhile, police chief Brig. Gen. Abdul Hameed Hameedi confirmed heavy clashes were underway between Taliban and security forces in many parts of the district.

He said reinforcement had reached the area and the situation was under control.

The Talban staged coordinated attacks on Khanabad district on Friday morning and blocked the Takhar-Kunduz highway.