All four new cases appeared in Taliban areas of control, health workers in Shahwalikot said. Dr. Sardar Wali, the district polio officer, said that while the Taliban had made access difficult, government forces had also disrupted his staff members’ work, by raiding and burning one of their facilities last week. “They detained a vaccinator and burned the center,” Dr. Wali said.
Their hope is to reverse some of the gains that the Taliban have made over the past couple of years, where the fighters continue to surround Lashkar Gah city. The province is also the country’s largest opium-producing area, and the violence there is sometimes related to the drug trade. Last week, local media outlets reported that about two dozen bodies had been unearthed in the deserts between Helmand and Kandahar, a major smuggling route.
When police reinforcements were sent to the aid of those posts, the official said, “the Taliban were using night-vision goggles and the police who were sent were shot by laser-guided weapons against which they could not defend themselves. The police have no night-vision goggles at all.”The official’s account was corroborated by several other police figures, who also would not comment on the record.
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