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Large swathes of Ghazni may fall to Taliban, warn residents

Large swathes of Ghazni may fall to Taliban, warn residents

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Jul 31, 2017 - 15:47

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Local residents fear militants may overrun large swathes of in southern Ghazni province if the security situation is not strengthened with a sense of urgency.

However, security officials insist they are working day and night for improving the situation in the province. As a result of operations, they claim, militants are on the run.

Roohullah, a resident of Qarabagh district, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Talibaninfo-icon were continuously attacking security check-posts in the town.

“We witnessed heavy clashes between the rebels and security forces in Aino area today and last week. Both sides suffered heavy casualties,” he said.

The number of security personnel was limited in the district, which needed more forces for improvement in the security environmentinfo-icon, the inhabitant believed.

Abdullah, a resident of Abdur Rahim area, said Taliban and security forces were continually fighting in their neighbourhood. “Firefights continue for hours. As the militants have captured the Mirzar security post, people are worried.”

He revealed the number of Taliban had recently surged in Andar district.

 

Ahmad Khalid, a resident of Gilan district, agreed insecurity was on the rise in their area. “The district police chief and a number of policemen were killed in a clash on Saturday,” he pointed out.

Haji Abdul Ghaffar Khan, a tribal elder from Ghazni City, the provincial capital, said the security situation was worse in districts where there were not enough security personnel.

He said lack of coordination among security forces was another reason for increasing insecurity. Besides many areas in districts, the Taliban also control Mangur, Asfanda, Qala-I-Qazi, Matak Sangan and Qalati areas on the outskirts of Ghazni City.

Residents asked the government to pay urgent attention to the security of the province if it did not want to lose more areas to the insurgents.

Acting provincial police chief, Col. Mustafa Mayar, told Pajhwok in addition to Taliban, some other rebel groups were also involved in destabilising Ghazni. However, he hastened to add security forces were operating continually to thwart militant attacks.

Security problems were not confined to Ghazni, but the whole country was faced with the challenge, he remarked, stressing the need for public cooperation with security forces.

On the other hand, Taliban militants also said large areas of the province were under their control. The group’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said 69.29 percent of Ghazni province was under their control and the militants were addressing people’s legal cases as well.

He claimed Mangar, Shaliz, Arzo, Kulaghach, Ziwach, Qarabaghi, Noghi, Asfandi, Deh Khuda-i-Dad, Qala-i-Jawz, Qala-i-Qazi, Zargar, Jabarwal and Niazi areas of Ghazni City are under their control.

The militants are also in full control of Nawa, Khogyani, Rashidan, Waghaz and Zanakhan districts of the province, he said.

Only centers of Andar, Deh Yak, Qarabagh, Ab Band, Gilan, Maqor, Khwaja Omari and Jaghato districts are under government control. The rest of areas of the districts were being held by Taliban, he said.

Mujahid said the government was in full control of Nahur, Ajristan and Malistan districts, with the fighters only conducting occasional guerilla attacks there.

Earlier this solar yearinfo-icon, Governor Abdul Karim Matin had said 14 of 18 districts of the province were under security threat. Local officials say 142 militant groups are active in Ghazni.

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