The district governor has appealed for reinforcement troops to be sent in immediately.
Ajristan District In Ghazni On The Verge Of Collapse
The district governor for Ajristan of Ghazni province on Saturday warned that if within one hour reinforcements are not sent to the district, the district will fall to the Taliban.
Hamdullah, the district governor, said in a phone conversation with TOLOnews that all the government employees in the district, are under siege and the Taliban are advancing.
Hamdullah said that clashes between the Taliban and government forces broke out three days ago when dozens of armed Taliban attacked the district.
So far 14 government forces have been killed in the clash with the Taliban and ten others were wounded, Hamdullah said.
Hamdullah warned that it would be tragic if the district collapsed.
Provincial governor Mohammad Aman Hamim meanwhile said that preparations have been taken to deploy commando forces to the district.
Taliban confirmed the clashes and claimed that 34 army and police soldiers have been killed in the clashes.
Hamim did not give information about the causalities but said that due to the district being so remote, there were no further details.
This comes after twenty two security force members were killed in heavy clashes with the Taliban in two districts of central Ghazni province, members of the provincial council confirmed on Wednesday.
In addition, five other security force members were wounded.
The clashes started on Tuesday night after dozens of Taliban insurgents attacked Zana Khan and Jaghato districts of the province, a member of the provincial council Hussain Reza Yousufi said.
He claimed that 13 security forces, mostly police, were killed in Zana Khan and nine police were killed in Jaghato, adding that “heavy clashes are still ongoing in the district since last night and the Taliban insurgents have also suffered heavy casualties.”
The Taliban has also confirmed the clashes with the government forces in the districts.
Yousufi said that the situation is “worrying”.
The Ghazni attack came a day after nearly 2,000 Taliban insurgents stormed western Farah province’s capital city early Tuesday.
The insurgents were pushed back early Wednesday after the arrival of reinforcement troops, according to the provincial governor, Basir Salangi.
About 300 insurgents were killed in the day-long attack, Salangi said, adding that “15 army soldiers, 10 policemen and five civilians were killed in the clashes.”