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Militants surround 200 troops in Warduj

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The armed militants have surrounded more than 200 Afghan troops in Warduj district of Badakhshan province, said a local official.

The chairman of Badakhshan provincial council, Abdullah Naji Nazari, told Radio Azadi on Saturday that the Taliban militants have surrounded around 220 Afghan troops in Tirgran outpost of the district.

He said that the government is yet to provide support to the soldiers. He warned that situation will further deteriorate and scores of soldiers will be killed, if the government failed to provide them with air support.

Nazari said that he has shared the issue with the Ministry of Interior (MoI), but it hasn’t taken any action so far.

Local officials in the province blame lack of government’s attention to the strategic location of Badakhshan and lack of coordination among security forces for mounting insecurity in the province.

Seddiq Seddiqi, spokesman for the MoI, said that militants are trying to launch attacks against Afghan forces in Warduj. “We have taken all necessary measures to send backup troops to the district,” he added. Seddiqi rejected the reports that Afghan troops are surrounded by militants.

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