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Afghan Provincial Police Chief Seeks Reinforcements

Afghan security forces keep watch in front of a vehicle which was set on fire on the Kabul-Kandahar highway after fighting between government forces and Taliban militants in Ghazni, October 2015.

The chief of police in Afghanistan's Ghazni Province has warned that several districts in the central province may fall to the Taliban if the government in Kabul does not take urgent measures.

According to local media reports, Aminullah Amarkhil said on March 13 that eight districts are on the verge of collapse but there are not enough security forces there to stop the militants' advance.

Amarkhil was quoted as saying the strategic Kabul–Kandahar highway that passes through Ghazni has made the province a prime target for the Taliban.

The police chief has threated to quit his post if the central government doesn’t send reinforcement troops to Ghazni.

There were no immediate comments from authorities in Kabul.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan's Defense Ministry said in a statement on March 13 that at least 26 militants were killed in military operations by Afghan security forces over the past 24 hours.

The ministry said the air and ground operations took place in the Herat, Helmand, Uruzgan, Baghlan, and Kapisa provinces.

Based on reporting by and