KABUL (Tolo News): Helmand governor Yasin Khan said the Taliban’s attempt to overrun Lashkargah city has been foiled and that the security situation in the city will improve. “The enemy’s evil plan was to overrun Lashkargah, but we want to assure our people that the plan was failed. This also clarifies that the enemy does not want peace and they want war,” the governor told TOLOnews this week.
According to Lashkargah residents, the clashes are close to the police district 3 (PD3) of Lashkargah. “The Taliban is 300 meters away from Gandi area. The situation is fragile. There is no work or business. The people have been displaced,” said Mohammad Daud, a resident of Lashkargah.
Two weeks ago, the Taliban perpetrated a major offensive on some strategic parts of Helmand including Lashkargar, Nahr-e-Saraj, Nawa and Nad Ali districts. The conflict in Helmand has displaced over 5,000 families, according to the Refugees and Repatriation Directorate. “The Taliban is trying to create fear among the people. The Taliban wants to overrun this place, but we will not allow them to do so,” said Madad Khan, a police officer in Nawah district in Helmand.
Violence has remained high in last four weeks amidst the start of the peace negotiations in Doha. Over 50 security force members were killed in Taliban attack in Takhar. Also, at least 20 members of the Afghan National Army were killed in Taliban attack in Nimroz province in the west of Afghanistan.
Local officials said that four security force members were killed in Taliban attack in Kunduz. The Defense Ministry stated that in Takhar province an Afghan Air Force strike killed “12 Taliban including several of their commanders.”
The airstrike was conducted in the “Hazara Qarluq” village of Baharak district, the statement said, adding that during a clash between “these Taliban” and the ANP, a “number of our police” were killed. At least four civilians were killed and 10 others were wounded in a mortar attack in northern Faryab province, local officials said.
Around 11:00am local time a mortar round landed in a market in Shareen Tagab district of the province, said Abdul Karim Yourish, a spokesman for the provincial police chief. The Taliban destroyed an electricity pylon that brings power to Herat province, the office of Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) in Herat said in a statement.
The incident happened in Kalat-e-Ghazi village in Ghoryan district. The Taliban destroyed a pylon that imports electricity from Iran to Herat, the report said. Takhar’s deputy police chief Raz Mohammad Doorandish and nearly 50 security force members were killed in clashes with the Taliban in the province, local officials said.