Zabul on verge of collapse: Provincial Council
The Provincial Council of Zabul warned that the province could fall to the Taliban as heavy clashes underway in the province.
Afghan voice agency (AVA)_Atta Jan Haqbayan, head of Zabul’s Provincial Council told Ariana News that five districts of the province had already been taken by the Taliban.
“The #Kandahar-Zabul_highway has fallen into the hands of the enemy. Zabul has been under besieging,” Haqbayan said.
Haqbayan claimed that the Atghar district was overrun by the Taliban three days ago.
The security officials have not commented in this regard.
Enayatullah Hotak, district governor of Atghar, however, has dismissed the claims. He stated that the security forces have retreated to prevent civilian casualties.
“Our soldiers moved to their base in order to #prevent_clashes in the villages of our people where women and children could have been killed,” Hotak said.
Meanwhile, Zabul residents also claimed that the Taliban have set up checkpoints on the Kabul-Kandahar highway.