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Nuristan clashes enter 5th day: Governor

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Nuristan clashes enter 5th day: Governor

Nov 23, 2016 - 16:19

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Talibaninfo-icon militants continued their attacks on the Doab district of eastern Nuristan province for a fifth day on Wednesday, the governor said.

Hafiz Abdul Qayum told Pajhwok more than 450 militants from several districts of Laghman and Nuristan provinces were involved in the attacks but so far no side had casualties. However, he said four civilians including womeninfo-icon and children were injured when a rocket hit their house.

The governor said the road to Doab district had been closed and the clashes prolonged after bad climate halted air supplies. He assured that no police check-points had been captured by Taliban.

Nuristan provincial council chief Saadullah Nuristani told Pajhwok that the ground forces had already proven their worth but the lack of air support led to prolonged clashes.

Nuristani feared losing the district to insurgents if fresh arms supplies did not reach the forces and if the air support did not arrive.

Khan Mohammad, a resident, said people had run out of food items due to the closure of Doab road.  According Khan Mohammad, no civilians have suffered casualties in the clashes but they could die of starvation if the clashes prolonged.

The governor said new supplies including food would be reaching both security forces and residents of the district soon.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed the fighters had captured three check-points and inflicted casualties to security forces during the clashes in Doab district, but his claim was rejected by local officials.



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