PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): Around 100 security forces, including the district police and administrative chiefs, of Tala wa Barfak district in northern Baghlan province have been missing after the Taliban took over the town , a public representative said Wednesday.
The Taliban on Monday overran the Tala wa Barfak district after a coordinated group attack.
Provincial Council (PC) head Safdar Muhseni told Pajhwok Afghan News that 11 security forces, including three civilians, had been killed in the Taliban attack on the district center.
He said in addition to the casualties around 100 security personnel, including district police and administrative chiefs had been missing following the attack.
He said the government should respond to the fall of Tala wa Barfak district and the missing forces.
He said security officials had been warned six months ago about possible fall of most of Baghlan’s districts and areas to the rebels, no effective step was taken to prevent the disaster.
Earlier, police Spokesman Zabihullah Shuja rejected the fall of Tala wa Barfak district.
He said: “Some check-posts have been overrun by the Taliban but there is still resistance at one check-post, so we can say the district has not fallen.”
He said they had requested reinforcement and air support from Kabul and other places but the support was yet to arrive.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed the rebels captured the district centre and police headquarters this afternoon at around 3pm.
Mujahid claimed security forces suffered casualties in the attack and the Taliban captured a large amount of weapons and ammunition.