GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Daesh or Islamic State (IS) fighters have been sneaking into northern provinces through unstable districts of southern Ghazni province, the governor claimed on Saturday.
Abdul Karim Matin told a press conference in Ghazni City, the provincial capital, that Daesh militants had recently started making trips to northern provinces from insecure districts of Ghazni.
“Daesh militants travel from Gilan and Nawa districts through Jaghori district of Ghazni and then sneak into northern parts,” he said.
He said many areas of Ghazni would face with increased insecurity if the outfit continued movement to and from different parts of the country.
Matin said Daesh militants had permanent bases in Nawa district where the rebels travelled to other provinces.
Nawa district has been under Taliban control over the past 11 years.
The governor said his government would try by using all resources to neutralize threats posed by Daesh and other militants in Ghazni.
The Taliban have lied siege to Gilan district but the siege would be broken with an organized operation, the governor added.
Provincial council secretary, Hassan Reza Yousufi, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Daesh militants had recently emerged in Ghazni.
“Security situation would turn worse if the Afghan government does not eliminate the militant group,” he said.
Rahimullah, a resident of Gilan, said Daesh rebels had appeared several times in Rasana area of the district.
“Their faces are masked and they carry black flags, they frequently make movements,” he said, adding that local residents were gravely concerned about the group’s emergency.
On the other hand, a Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, rejected the presence of Daesh in Ghazni.
He said Nawa district was under Taliban control and there were no Daesh fighter there.
“We do not allow Daesh because they are against Islam, Afghanistan would not be a shelter for Daesh,” he said, adding that the rebel group was active only in two district of Nangarhar province where the Taliban were fighting against them.