Wardak’s deputy governor on Thursday said that insurgents have seized control of six police checkpoints in Jalris district in Wardak province.
He said the armed confrontation between security forces and the insurgents started last night at around 11:00 pm and that by late Thursday afternoon fighting continued.
According to him, five Afghan Local Police (ALP) officers have been killed and a number of vehicles seized.
Meanwhile, a provincial official, speaking on condition of anonymity, criticized the delay by government to send in reinforcement troops to the area. He warned the district itself is on the verge of collapse.