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Ghazni residents concern as insecurity escalates

Ghazni residents concern as insecurity escalates

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Mar 12, 2017 - 17:42

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Residents of southern Ghazni province say they are concerned about an uptick in insecurity with the start of spring, with local officials admitting security problems in 15 districts.

Jan Mohammad, who lives in Mohammad Khan Qala area of Waghiz district, told Pajhwok Afghan News on Sunday that insecurity had increased in the district after the air warmed up with the departure of brutal winter.

“In the last 15 days, security posts were attacked thrice, this is something of great concern for local people,” the resident said.

Mohammad said Talibaninfo-icon militants had regrouped in various areas and were planning for attacks.

A resident of Qara Bagh district, Rahmatullah, said insecurity had also increased in their district. He said clashes between security forces and militants had recently increased, creating problems for people.

“When there are clashes, people cannot come out of homes to do business or find labour jobs.”

He said several Taliban militants were killed during a clash with security forces four days ago.

“The weather is still cold, as it turns warm, there will be more clashes.” He demanded the government conduct a massive operation against militants.

In Andar district’s Nani area, resident Mohammad Sharif told Pajhwok Afghan News that the Taliban twice stopped vehicles on the Kabulinfo-icon-Kandahar highway and searched them during the past 10 days.

He said there had been clashes twice last week. The clashes lasted several hours, blocking the road for people.

The resident said Andar district was located close to the provincial capital, Ghazni City, but the militants roamed freely there.

Similar views were expressed by residents of other districts and demanded of the government to take measures for improving security.

Ghazni governor Abdul Karim Matin said there were more security problems in 15 of Ghazni’s 17 districts. But he said: “We have planned major operations in some areas in order to improve the security,” he said.

The governor said security forces from Ghazni and neighbouring Zabul province would jointly conduct an operation against militants in Zabul’s Khak-i-Afghan district. Matin assured of every effort at maintaining security.

Gen. Nizamuddin Khanjar, the 203 Thunder Military Corps commander in Ghazni, said security forces had full coordination in maintaining security in the province.

“The Taliban have always used people’s homes in the war and we care about civilian lives,” he said, adding that security forces had inflicted heavy casualties on the militants in various parts of the province.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid denied the fighters used people’s homes as bastions. “We always care about local people’s lives.”

The fighting season traditionally begins in the spring and abates during the winter months.”

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