Barmak Rejects Khwaja Ghar Falling To Taliban

  • Date of Publication : 28/07/2018 at 08:31 GMT
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Minister of Interior Wais Ahamd Barmak has rejected claims that Khwaja Ghar district of Takhar province fell to the Taliban late Friday.

Speaking at a ceremony for the introduction of new commanders for the country’s airports Barmak said that all government facilities in the district are under the control of government forces and that the district did not fall to the Taliban.

“Our police and NDS forces are defending Khwaja Ghar district very bravely and all government facilities are under police control, said Barmak.

“Some people in the media are saying the district has fallen and the minister is lying, we must not fall for the enemy’s war propaganda,” Barmak added.

This comes after a group of Taliban militants attacked government buildings in Khwaja Ghar district in Takhar on Friday evening.

Taliban launched the attack on the district from Dash-e-Archi district in Kunduz province, which shares a border with Takhar, a local official said.

Takhar governor’s spokesman Sunatullah Timor said Taliban stormed Khwaja Ghar district just before 8pm local time.

On Friday night he appealed for reinforcement troops.

Some sources said however the district has fallen to the militants.

The sources said the lack of reinforcements was a key reason behind the fall of the district to the Taliban.

However, the Interior Ministry’s spokesman Najib Danish also rejected the claims and said Khwaja Ghar district has not fallen to the Taliban and that reinforcement troops are on their way to Takhar.

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