Taliban take control of a joint military base in Badakhshan
By Khaama Press - Sat Jul 25 2015, 9:26 pm
Security sources in Badakhshan have said a number of the Afghan security forces have surrendered to Taliban militants following three days of heavy clashes.
The sources speaking on the condition of anonymity said the forces have also surrendered their weapons along with equipment to the Taliban militants.
In the meantime, the provincial council chief confirmed that a number of the Afghan Local Police and Afghan Border Protection Police forces have joined the Taliban militants after they partly took control of a joint base in Teergaran area of Wardoj district.
This comes as the acting provincial governor Shahwaliullah Adeeb said the militants have surrounded a military base in Teergaran area and warned that scores of Afghan soldiers would lose their lives if immediate actions are not taken by the government to repulse the attack.
The Afghan national security forces repelled two attacks by the Taliban militants on Thursday and Friday in Wardoj district, leaving a number of Taliban militants dead.
Deputy provincial governor Gul Mohammad Bidar said the Taliban militants launched their first attack early on Thursday morning which was repelled by the Afghan forces, leaving four militants dead and three others wounded.
Badakhshan is among the relatively volatile provinces in northeastern Afghanistan where the anti-government armed militant groups are actively operating and frequently carry out insurgency activities.
This comes s hundreds of militants armed with heavy and light weapons launched a coordinated attack on security check posts in Yamgan district last month, forcing the Afghan troops to tactically step back in a bid to prevent the civilian casualties.