In Central Afghanistan Clashes, Taliban Kills around 10 Policemen

Not less than 10 policemen were killed during clashes with the Taliban fighters in the central Afghan province of Wardak. According to official sources, amidst battle to wrench control of arterial highways, the policemen got killed.
A day before the clashes the Taliban rebels blew up bridges. Many government buildings in Wardak’s Sayeed Abad district were set on fire. It lead to the death of the district police chief along with nine other police officers.
Violent attacks by rebels on key provinces, like Wardak and Ghazni have underlined that the issue of security in Afghanistan still remains unstable; two weeks ahead of the nationwide parliamentary elections.
Around 25 Taliban revolutionaries were killed by the Afghan security groups. From the neighboring provinces, reinforcements were redistributed in order to gain control of the disputed highways.
Officials stated that Afghan forces got rid of the Taliban rebels from the highway which connects the important southern city of Kandahar with the capital of Afghanistan. A spokesperson from the governor’s office of Wardak stated that the Taliban attacked the houses of civilians after killing 10 policemen in the province. They even destroyed the newly developed security checkpoints and for some major parts of the city cut power.
Government forces carried out a counter-attack in order to prevent the rebels from nearing the city.
Power supply company, Da Afghanistan Breshna, stated that crucial power lines providing electricity to Wardak and Ghazni was cut. The power cut also hit the nearby provinces of Paktia and Logar.
Taliban’s spokesperson, Zabihullah Mujahid stated that the rebels had taken the centre of Sayeed Abad in Wardak and encircling checkpoints, seized weapons and ammunition apart from killing many policemen.
Takiban attacked Ghazni which is a key centre bestriding the main highway which links Kabul with the south of Afghanistan. The attack is being touted as the biggest operation started by the Taliban since 2015.

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