The armed Taliban group shifted toward a new battle strategy and is focusing more on attacking Afghan military bases one by one, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said.
The recent Taliban attack on Karzyalay Military base which killed and wounded dozens in Khakriz district of Kandahar province is one of the samples of Taliban’s new tactic.
“We had previous information and our fighters fought and they failed to capture our checkpoints,” said Muhammad Radmanish, MoD spokesman.
Local residents say, first they storm a checkpoint, kill all the police, seize their weapons and equipment and effectively cut off the main road to a remote village.
They raise the white Taliban flag and plant roadside bombs to prevent cars from coming through the checkpoint. Any vehicle that tries to pass through is either blown up or attacked.
MoD emphasized that with the closure of religious schools in Pakistan, Islamabad has ordered the extremists to begin fight in Afghanistan.
“The closure of religious schools in Pakistan has increased security threats in Afghanistan,” Radmanish added.
The Taliban are refocusing their attention mostly on the southern provinces of Helmand, Kandahar and Uruzgan, according to U.S. and Afghan military officials, although the insurgents also have struck elsewhere, such as in Kunduz province in the north, where they overran and held the provincial capital for a few days last fall.