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Taliban seize control of Badghis-Herat highway: PC

Taliban seize control of Badghis-Herat highway: PC

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20 Jun 2021 - 10:05
Taliban seize control of Badghis-Herat highway: PC
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20 Jun 2021 - 10:05

HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): The provincial council of western Badghis province says the Taliban have taken full control of the Badghis-Herat highway after overrunning security check-posts over the past 10 days.

Abdul Aziz Bek, chairman of the council, told Pajhwok Afghan News the Taliban had been active in some areas on the highway for the past eight months.

But in the past 10 days, after the fall of three security checkpoints and two army and police bases, the insurgents have gained complete control of the key road, he said.

Bek added that during the past one month, when the security situation deteriorated, all security bases and checkpoints had been relocated to Qala-i-Naw, the provincial capital.

after the relocation of these bases and checkpoints, he said, the Taliban were currently in control of checkpoints in most areas on the highway, extorting money from the people.

For a month, government forces had been unable to travel the highway, the public representative explained.

Residents also confirmed Taliban’s control of the Badghis-Herat highway and said the rebel group had set up checkpoints on the road.

Governor Hassamuddin Shams also acknowledged the development and Taliban’s activities on the highway. He alleged the fighters were extorting money from commuters.

He claimed the militants had taken some citizens hostage for refuse to give them money. However, he promised the government was going to enforce a plan to ensure highway security.

On the other hand, the Taliban have not yet spoken about seizing the control of the Badghis-Herat highway.

sa/mud

 

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