Officials in Laghman province said that Dawlat Shah district of has fallen to the Taliban insurgents on Thursday.

Gulzar Sangarwal, a member of the Laghman provincial council confirmed to Khaama Press that the district has fallen to the Taliban.

Sangarwal said, “security forced retreated from the region on Wednesday night, as they had been under the Taliban siege for several days”.

Dawlat Shah’s district was under the Taliban siege, and the government forces retreated from the region due to lack of supplies, support, and backup and were handed over to the Taliban without any interference from local elders and influential figures in the area, Sangarwal said.

He added that the one-month ceasefire between government forces and the Taliban in the Alingar district of Laghman province has been maintained.

He stressed that the security condition in the Alisheng district is extremely inferior and that there is a possibility of the region’s collapse.

On the other hand, Rahmatullah Yarmal governor of Laghman province confirmed the matter and said that the security forces were under Taliban siege and were forced to retreat from the region.

Afghan forces retreated from the region on Thursday after the region remained surrounded by the Taliban.

Dawlat Shah district is currently under Taliban influence, the district is located 47 kilometers to the north of Mehtarlam city, the region also shared border with Panjshir province.

It is said that Dawlat Shah district was surrounded by the Taliban for the past six months.

Reports indicate at least 15 Afghan National Defense and Security Force members were killed and there was no way to take the wounded out of the area.

This comes as a roadside IED in Helmand province took the lives of 11 civilians including women and children, and further 2 others were injured.

According to reports the incident happened on Thursday morning in the Bushran area of Lashkargah’s PD10 when the civilians were traveling from the Nad Ali district to the center of the province.

Officials claimed that the IED was placed by the Taliban on the public road which targeted innocent civilians.

The deceased civilians were reportedly fleeing for their lives to Lashkargah due to heavy clashes.

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