72 Insurgents, 11 PPF Officers Killed in Highway Clash
Kabul – At least 72 Taliban insurgents and 11 Public Protection Forces (PPF) personnel were reportedly killed during in a gunfight on the Kandahar-Herat highway on Sunday. No civilian casualties have been reported.
PPF officials of Herat province confirmed the incident and said that the clash took place in the Chakab area of Gulistan district in Farah province. According to the officials, five PPF vehicles were set on fire by insurgents during the clash, which began late on Sunday but continued on into early Monday afternoon.
The Taliban has not yet commented anything about the incident. The major highways of Afghanistan are some of the most frequent sites of insurgent attacks. Although the Kabul-Kandahar highway is considered the most dangerous of them, as Sunday’s clash stands to show, much still needs to be done to secure other thoroughfares around the country.
The same day the clash between insurgents and PPF personnel erupted on the Kandahar-Heart highway, Governors of Ghazni, Maidan Wardak, Zabul and Kandahar provinces held a meeting to address the concerns of logistics and supply companies who have been subject to Taliban attacks on the road between Kabul and Kandahar.
In addition, last month, a number of oil tanker drivers met with the Internal Security and Justice Committee of the Lower House to express their concerns over the increasing attacks by the Taliban on the Kabul-Kandahar highway. They said that the Salar area of the Maidan Wardak province located on the Kabul-Kandahar highway has become a highly dangerous stretch. According to reports, over 570 oil tankers use the highway every day, and the Taliban targets at least three tankers each time. (ToloNews)