Taliban attack Lashkargah with rockets following Abdullah's visit

Taliban attack Lashkargah with rockets following Abdullah's visit

The rocket attack by Taliban follows a visit by CE Abdullah who arrived in Helmand on Tuesday to review the security situation of the province.

"The Taliban used a new tactic to attack government positions to take over the district".

"We don't have a death toll yet, but there were casualties on both sides".

A USA military spokesman told VOA Tuesday approximately 10 airstrikes have been carried out in the last 24 hours in and around Sangin.

One civilian was killed and three others were wounded when two rockets landed at Traffic Bridge area of Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, on Wednesday, an official said.

Ahmad Naweed Frotan, a spokesman for the Badakhshan provincial governor, said Amir Begum was killed late Tuesday in the remote Yumgan district after being accused of having an affair.

An official statement said that Abdullah directed security forces to push back the insurgents in Helmand before fighting intensifies in the spring season.

Most of Helmand is under Taliban control. The government fully controls only Lashkar Gah and a few surrounding district centers. Sangin houses the seat of the Afghan government.

Afghan police and army units took over from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation the task of providing security for the country in 2015.

According to the United States government's Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), 6,785 Afghan soldiers and police were killed between January 1 and November 12.

That was an increase of about 35 percent from all of 2015 when 5,000 members of the security forces were killed.