Napas Khan, the police chief in the Naw Zad district, told that the insurgents had advanced to within 20 metres of the compound after seizing police vehicles and weapons and blocking all roads out of Naw Zad.
    
"We need an immediate response from the government," Khan said.
    
He said the attack started at before dawn on Monday when the insurgents overran multiple police checkpoints across the district.
    
"They destroyed or captured most of our checkpoints and now they have reached our police headquarters," Khan said.

"They are mostly firing at us from the hills overlooking our compound."
    
As Khan spoke, gunfire and shouting could be heard in the background.
    
Helmand has long been a heartland for the Taliban, who profit heavily from opium produced in its fertile river valley.

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