The Taliban has done one of its most noticeable attack since the US and NATO forces ended their mission in Afghanistan on Saturday evening. According to security officials, the Taliban has apprehended a police station in the northern Afghan province of Badakhshan, subsequently over 100 police officers and border guards surrendered and merged with insurgents following three days of combat.
However, the statement that was released by the Taliban did not mention whether the security personnel had merged with the insurgents or not. The statement said that, they have captured the base including 110 police officers, a local commander and the head of the local border police.
Head of Badakshan’s provincial council, Abdullah Naji Nazari said, “No reinforcements were sent to help the police at the base for the past three days, when they were under the attack and finally they had no option: They had to join the Taliban.”
The Taliban has been very active in their annual spring offence. The seizure of the Tirgaran base in Badakhshan province by the Taliban is the largest mass surrender since NATO and US forces ended their combat mission last December.
Gen. Baba Jan, the Badakshan province’s police chief’s statement underlined the issue of heavy rains and the damage it has done on roads, subsequently resulting in limited access to the station by land and air.
According to the spokesperson for Nawid Frotan, the provincal governor, heavy precipitation has left six people dead in the Kofab district. The magnitude of damage, that has been inflicted by heavy rains has affected the province in a disastrous way.
Head of Badakshan’s provincial council Abdullah Naji Nazari said “No reinforcements were sent to help the police at the base for the past three days when they were under the attack and finally they had no option: They had to join the Taliban.”