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Border police under siege by Taliban in Kunar

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The Taliban militants have laid siege to outposts of Afghan border police in Sarkano district of eastern Kunar province over the past one month.

A border policeman in the district told Azadi Radio on condition of anonymity that it has been almost one month that the militants have surrounded them in Nawa Pass area of Sarkano. “The Taliban militants are shooting us, when we come out of our checkpoints,” he said.

The soldier added that they have run out of food, water and medicines. “Our comrades are have sustained severe injuries, but we are unable to help them,” he said.

Kunar provincial council chief, Hajji Deen Muhammad, said that security forces in Nawa Pass area of Sarkano district have faced many challenges due to blockage of routes and the Taliban’s siege. “We have taken up the issue with the concerned authorities, but haven’t found any solution yet,” he added.

Shuja-ul-Mulk Jalala, the acting governor o Kunar province, admitted that security forces are living under extremely bad conditions in Nawa Pass area.

Muhammad Ayub Hassankhel, a border police official in the east, said that they have dispatched supplies to troops in Nawa Pass.

However, border police in the area and officials in Kunar were not aware of the supplies sent to the troops.

It is worth mentioning that routes to border police checkpoints in Ghash Kandao area of Marawara district and Banshi area of Dangam district are also blocked. Hundreds of soldiers are stationed at the checkpoints.

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