civilians flee homes in Maidan Wardak
Picture of locals fleeing Sarchashma, taken in 2019

Local source: Taliban warn locals in Maidan Wardak to surrender

The Taliban have warned the locals in Sarchashma area of Maidan Wardak’s Jalriz district to surrender and cut ties with the government within two days, a local source told Kabul Now, today, Tuesday, February 23.

The local, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Taliban have set a two-day ultimatum for the local elders to surrender to the militant group and cut ties with the government forces.

Following the Taliban threat, many locals have left their villages, the source said.

Ahmad Jafari, a member of Maidan Wardak Provincial Council, also confirmed the Taliban threat. He said the militants have asked the local residents to hand over all military equipment of the security forces to them. “Most of the people who could afford transportation fare have fled and those who cannot afford are left amid fears of being killed,” Jafari said.

According to Jafari, the local security officials of Maidan Wardak have not taken any measure to remove the threat despite they have been already taken on board about it.

Mohammad Hufyani, spokesperson for Maidan Wardak Police Chief, however, denied the news about such a threat by the Taliban in Sarchashma. He assured that a bunch of new security forces will be deployed to Sarchashma.

This comes as a key security outpost, which is the only security outpost in Sarchashma, fell to the Taliban two days ago. As many as three security forces were killed and three others wounded in the attack.