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Residents worried as violence spreads across Ghazni

Residents worried as violence spreads across Ghazni

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14 Nov 2018 - 22:14
Residents worried as violence spreads across Ghazni
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14 Nov 2018 - 22:14

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Residents and public representatives in southern Ghazni province on Wednesday expressed their deep concern over recent clashes in many parts of the province.

Yar Mohammad, a resident of Ghazni City, the provincial capital, told Pajhwok Afghan News the government was yet to go beyond promises about Ghazni security.

He said the Taliban had dramatically intensified their attacks in Qarabagh, Andar, Dehyak, Muqar, Ab Band, Khwaja Omari and Zankhan districts of the province, putting in the harm way the lives of thousands.

He said dozens of police and Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed and maimed on a daily basis in clashes with insurgents. He urged the central government to take decisive steps for security of Ghazni province.

Rahmatullah, a resident of Qarabagh district, said their district had been surrounded by Taliban militants over the past few months, but the security organs were doing nothing to break the siege.

He further said only the district capital was with security forces and the rest parts of the district were under Taliban’s control. All shops and hotels in Qarabagh district have been closed.

Niamatullah, a resident of Andar district, told Pajhwok due insecurity, the district center had been shifted to Chahardiwal locality from Mire area of the district.

He said the district’s previous center had been blown up with bombs and right now dozens of Taliban gunmen could be spotted around Meri locality, spreading panic among local people.

Meanwhile, Amanullah Kamrani, the Provincial Council deputy head, told Pajhwok that clashes were underway in all districts of the province.

Kamrani said they had several times urged the government to take measures for security improvement in Ghazni, but no one paid attention.

Governor Waheedullah Kalimzai said insecurity has been growing in the province over the last three years.

He linked the increasing insecurity in Ghazni to the province’s wide area and insufficient strength of security forces.

However, he said 300 additional security forces had recently arrived in the province and their presence would positively impact on the security situation.

Meanwhile, police chief Brig. Gen. Ghulam Dawood Tarakhel said clearing operations would be launched soon to retake some districts from Taliban militants.

He assured the people that Ghazni had not fallen in the past and would not fall in future into the hands of insurgents.


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