By Talha Ahmed
- Insurgents crash explosive-packed vehicle against Afghan army base
- At least two Afghan soldiers killed on the spot
- Insurgents gaining ground in Kapisa since NATO and US troops handed security control over to Afghan Army
The Taliban launched a coordinated suicide assault on Afghan Army base on early Tuesday morning in Kapisa province, Afghanistan. The attack, carried out by a team of five bombers, used a vehicle laden with explosives that killed at least two Afghan soldiers on the spot.
In a statement released on a Jihadi website a few hours after the assault, the Taliban claimed responsibility and warned security forces of more such attacks in the future. Kapisa province, which has seen brazen attacks carried out by Taliban, Hezb-e-Islami (Gulbaddin Hekmatyar) and other factions from time to time, is becoming more and more dangerous for Afghan troops.
“Early this morning a courageous Mujahid of the Islamic Emirate rammed his explosive-packed vehicle into the base of the combined NATO invaders and the puppet forces in Tagab district of Kapisa, killing and wounding a large number of the foreign terrorist and their lapdogs,” Taliban statement said.
Since the Coalition forces withdrew from the province, the insurgents have become more brazen and are making inroads to further strengthen their control in East Afghanistan. The Taliban, facing week opposition on the military front, freely roam the districts and run a shadow government in their stronghold.
Taliban and Hezb-e-Islami have been using Kapisa as a launching-pad for their attacks into capital Kabul. Most of the attacks launched in Kabul so far are believed to have been organized in Kapisa as the province boasts a perfect geography for hit-and-run operations.
Journalist Matt Dupee has something to tell us about how the Taliban have been using Kapisa to gain ground. Matt wrote in his article entitled “Kapisa Province: The Taliban’s Gateway, ” that Kabul is getting more and more vulnerable by the day as insurgents have literally besieged the capital due to their growing presence in the Eastern and Northern provinces.
“Kapisa province has served as an insurgent bastion for several years, hosting a wide array of criminal and insurgent networks including Taliban suicide-bomb cells, Hezb-i-Islami insurgents loyal to renegade commander Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, and anti-government tribal militias. The districts of Nejrab and Tag Ab are the hardest hit out of Kapisa’s six districts,” Matt writes in his article published in Long War Journal