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‘Musa Qala district of Helmand may fall to Taliban’

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Musa Qala district of Helmand province may fall to the Taliban’s control, if backup troops were not sent, said a security official in the district.

The security chief of Musa Qala, Essa Khan, said that a swarm of militants, numbering 400 fighters, are currently stationed around 100 meters close to center of the district. “They have asked local people to leave their homes,” he added.

Essa Khan said that the central government has pledged to send backup troops to the district. “Our security will fight till last breath of their life to push back the militants. However, looking to their number and equipment, it would be hard for our security forces to resist against the militants,” he added.

In the meantime some members of Helmand provincial council confirmed that the district is faced with serious security challenges. They said that they have informed security officials about the issue.  “The Taliban militants have mounted their activities in almost all northern districts of the province,” they said, urging the central government to spare no efforts to clean the districts from presence of militants.

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