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Troops under Taliban siege in Uruzgan, army denies

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Troops under Taliban siege in Uruzgan, army denies

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Apr 16, 2017 - 17:15

TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): For the last eight months, the Talibaninfo-icon have besieged a military compound in central Uruzgan province, trapping dozens of soldiers inside, residents and their representatives said on Sunday.

The Taliban launched coordinated attacks on army and police posts on the outskirts of Tirinkot, the provincial capital, last year, with the Afghan forces putting up a strong resistance in Meharabad and Khurma localities. Seventeen security men lost their lives to the battles.

However, dozens of security forces are still besieged by the Taliban in Meharabad area, according to residents.

A resident, who wished to go unnamed, said one ANA unit had been surrounded by the Taliban in the area.

He said the Taliban had asked elders to tell the military unit to surrender the military facility to them and in return the troops would be provided a safe passage.

The resident, however, said the ANA commander in the base had refused to surrender and chosen to resist.

Abdul Aziz, a resident of the locality, said both the sides used light and heavy weapons during the clashes, with some mortars hitting civilian homes.

Provincial Council head Amir Mohammad Barakzai warned if the soldiers besieged on their base on the outskirts of Tarinkot were not rescued, they would be killed.

Army officials in the province, however, rejected the troops were not under Taliban siege.

Army officer Lt. Wahedullah Fazli told Pajhwok Afghan News the troops were not under Taliban siege in Meharabad area and there was no danger of an attack on any military installation.

Defence Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said the issue had been conveyed to the army chief.

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