AT-KABUL: At least 60 Taliban militants, including two commanders, have been killed in fighting with Afghan security forces in Musa Qala district of Helmand province, said officials.
This comes at a time that tribal elders from the province have recently warned that the province might fall into the Taliban, if the government didn’t send back-up troops.
Local officials in Helmand said that the Taliban militants are planning to launch a massive attack on the district. They called on the government to send back-up support to security forces fighting in the district.
Bashir Shaker, a member of Helmand provincial council, told TOLOnews that Nawazad district of the province is currently under the Taliban’s control. He warned that the Musa Qala was also in the danger of falling to the Taliban militants.
In the meantime, Dawlat Waziri spokesman for the Ministry of Defense said that Pakistani, Arab and Chechen militants are fighting against Afghan security forces in Helmand. However, he said that Afghan security forces will respond the militants’ attacks with an iron fist.
An official source in the province said that foreign troops’ airstrikes have inflected the highest casualties to militants in Musa Qala.