20 July 2017

News Story: War Closes In On Baghlan-e-Markazi’s Center

By Hamid Shirzai

The fighting between security forces and the Taliban has inched closer to the center of Baghlan-e-Markazi center on Tuesday afternoon after the insurgent group attacked the district in the west of Pul-e-Khumri city earlier in the day, police force members said.

Baghlan-e-Markazi district lies on the Kabul-Kunduz highway – and has witnessed numerous attacks over the past few weeks by the Taliban.  

Earlier this month, the insurgent group attacked security outposts in Ali Abad district in the south of Kunduz city and closed the Kabul-Kunduz road to traffic for more than a week. 

Local policemen said many parts of the Kabul-Kunduz highway were closed to traffic by Tuesday evening.

“Taliban attacked (Baghlan-e-Markazi district) at midnight (on Monday) and now they are in the municipality’s garden. We need reinforcements otherwise the Taliban will move closer,” said Sadiq, a local police commander in Baghlan-e-Markazi.

By Tuesday afternoon, the Afghan Air Force arrived to help with air support, TOLOnews reporter Hamid Shirzai said. 

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