Two big bases of Afghan National Army (ANA) in Baghlan-e-Markazi district have been under Taliban siege for nearly one month, but still no force has come to help the surrounded soldiers, a member of the Baghlan Provincial Council said on Sunday.
Council members say the Taliban have besieged the bases for three weeks. ANA operations could not break the siege and the soldiers inside the bases are suffering difficult days and nights.
“Mangalha and Alavuddin military bases have been surrounded by Taliban for one month. Taliban have warned the people living in the villages near to the bases to evacuate the area. According to our contact with the ANA soldiers, they are in a very difficult situation,” said Mohammad Zarif Zarif, member of the council.
Villagers say the Taliban have closed all the roads and their houses have been destroyed in fights between Taliban and security forces.
“There has been three weeks of ongoing war in our village. All the houses have been destroyed, animals have died inside stables and people cannot work on the fields. Security forces cannot advance even one step,” said Arbab Shamsullah, tribal elder.
“Taliban have closed all the roads. They even do not let us to bring food inside the village, because they say that we take the food to the soldiers. People are facing numerous challenges,” said Haji Abdul Hamid, resident of Baghlan-e-Markazi district.
Residents of Baghlan province urged government to put an end to the current fighting.
“We urge the government to finish the war in our region. They should defeat Taliban if they can, otherwise, the security forces should remove their bases from our region. People have lost what they had,” said Taza Mir, resident of Mangal village of Baghlan-e-Markazi district.
TOLOnews tried to get Baghlan local government comment in this regard, but failed to do so.