AT-KABUL: Extra police forces are needed to be deployed along the Kandahar-Uruzgan highway, a senior police officer has said, in a reference to the recent Taliban attacks that deteriorated the situation in Uruzgan province and the road linking the province to the adjacent Kandahar.
A military operation was launched by security forces on Monday, in which, the road was reportedly re-opened.
Abdul Raziq, who is serving as provincial police chief for Kandahar, has assured people that the highway would not be closed in the future.
Raziq was said to had gone to Uruzgan province, a measure that was claimed to be made to help fellow security forces.
“Nearly, 260 Taliban insurgents were killed during the clashes with security forces over the past three weeks,” he said, adding that 25 soldiers lost their lives too.
“Now, the security forces have taken the control of the highway and our mistake was that we handed over the responsibility for the Uruzgan forces. We are also trying to bring reforms among them,” he added.
Meanwhile, security forces said insurgents are using civilian houses as shields.
“Taliban insurgents are mostly using the civilians’ houses in fight against security forces. This has slowed our operations down and we are trying to protect civilians,” an army commando Sharifullah Chamtoo said.
A number of residents expressed concerns over the continued fightings in the province.
“The recent war has raised our concerns and we are not able to do our works,” Shayesta Gul, a resident of Trinkot, the capital city of the province said.
But Gen. Raziq says more reinforcements have arrived from Kabul and Kandahar and are trying to boost security in the province.