Taliban block roads to Nawzad
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The militants have blocked roads leading to Nawzad district of southern Helmand province, preventing food supplies to areas controlled by the government, residents said on Wednesday.
There are four roads connecting the district to the rest of the province, including the provincial capital, but the Taliban searched all vehicles to seize supplies, said Haji Habibullah, a resident of the district.
The fighters did not allow people to take trade goods and food items to areas under government's control, told Pajhwok Afghan News in Lashkargah.
As a result, the prices of daily-use commodities had soared, the resident said, adding the rate of a kilogram of potatoes had reached 100 afghanis.
Jamal Shah, another resident who brought a patient to the provincial capital, confirmed price hike due to road blockades. He said the government prevented people from migrating to other parts of the province.
"Residents are compelled to move to areas held by the Taliban, as living in government-controlled villages is tantamount to living in prison," he remarked, urging the authorities to end their plight.
The district chief, Syed Murad Agha, said plans were being evolved to improve the security situation on roads leading to the district. He said they would provide security to convoys carrying food and non-food items to the district.
Agha confirmed the rates of some commodities had increased, but said there was no shortage of food.
Provincial police chief, Brig. Gen. Mohammad Hakim Angar, promised the issue of road blockades would be resolved soon with the reactivation of security posts on the main highway.
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