A number of security officials told TOLOnews on Monday that the Taliban has changed its war tactics and is increasingly using military vehicles, especially Humvees, to bomb Afghan security forces.
The officials said Taliban mostly carry out the bombings against security forces using Afghan military vehicles they had seized.
According to security forces, in the last three months, the Taliban has carried out 13 deadly such bombings on security forces in southern Helmand province, incurring a high casualty toll.
Two weeks ago, Taliban detonated an explosive-laden Humvee in front of Maroof district police headquarters in Kandahar. This explosion claimed the lives of 35 security personnel.
“A number of armored vehicles and rangers that have been seized by Taliban have been used against security forces; government should identify the areas where this is happening and conduct airstrikes to destroy the vehicles,” said Nadir Baloch, a member of the senate’s defense commission.
But the question being asked is how are these vehicles falling in to the Taliban’s hands?
“In most places the weapons are being sold. Inside the fifth pillar in government, there are people who sell the vehicles and weapons to the insurgents. Insurgents in Faryab cannot receive weapons from Pakistan, but they receive from us (people among security forces),” military affairs analyst Mohammad Agul Mujahed said.
The defense ministry meanwhile accepts that targeting security forces’ bases with vehicle bombs has become a problem but they said they will find the vehicles and destroy them.
“Defense ministry will destroy them from the air and ground at any time when we see them,” defense ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said.
Video footage posted by the Taliban on social media platforms show that the group has seized dozens of military vehicles in different parts of the country in recent months.
A number of military analysts meanwhile said if government holds on to military bases and check posts and does not let the Taliban seize control, these vehicles would not fall into their hands.