16 Soldiers Dead As Protesters Shut Down Major Highway Over Bandits

Taliban Seize Two Districts In Afghanistan’s North, 16 Soldiers Dead In Clashes
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ixteen Afghan security force members are dead and 14 others were captured by the Taliban during clashes in northern Afghanistan, where two district centers have been seized by the radical movement, TOLOnews reported on Saturday. According to the broadcaster, a member of the Faryab provincial council, Abdul Ahad Ail Bek, said that the center of Khwaja Sabz Posh district fell under Taliban control on Friday night, while deputy head of the Jawzjan provincial council, Amruddin Danishjo reported that the center of the Mardyan district was captured by the radical group on Saturday morning.

Ali Bek added that Faryab security forces commander Gul Ekhtiar Arab surrendered to the Taliban after having received no support. Jawzjan and Faryab officials have yet to comment on the reports.

Over 30 districts are said to have fallen under Taliban control in the past two months, the broadcaster said. Source – ANI/Sputnik

Banditry: Passengers Stranded As Protesters Block Abuja-Kaduna Highway
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Many travellers are currently stranded on the Abuja-Kaduna Highway as angry residents have blocked the road over attacks, especially the killing of a 13-year-old girl by bandits.

The tragic incident occurred at Anguwar Magaji in Chikun Local Government Area of the state, according to Daily Trust.

Residents said bandits stormed the house of the village head and abducted his family as well as other persons in the community.

A resident of the area told Daily Trust that they were not safe at home and their farms.

“We cannot go to our farms and yet they will follow us to our homes to abduct us for ransom. They killed a 13-year-old girl, a security man in the village as well as abducted other residents including the family of the village head,” he said.

He explained that the residents only want security or to be allowed to protect themselves against the bandits.

A witness told Daily Trust that the protesters refused to listen to the plea of security personnel who approached them.

The witness, who did not want to be named, said the protesters have been out since 7:30am.

“The villagers are very angry. They blocked the road and insisted that no one will pass through. When security personnel came, the men withdrew and left their women on the road.”

The Police Public Relations Officer in Kaduna, ASP Jalige Mohammed, said the State commissioner of police, Umar Muri, has directed the Area Commander to visit the scene of the protest and ensure orderliness.
Source – Punch