Taliban reappearance worries Baghlan residents
PUL-I-KHUMRI (PAN): Residents of Dushi district, which was cleared of insurgents last year in northern Baghlan province, say they are worried about re-emergence of Taliban fighters who have vowed the start of a spring offensive.
The anti-government fighters have reappeared in Kunda Sang, Piazqul, Palan Khar and Drambak areas from where they attack convoys of NATO-led Afghan soldiers, residents say.
"Militants are active in these areas despite last year's operation," Abdul Khaliq, 45, a tribal elder said. The Taliban had intensified their attacks since the start of this solar year, he said.
"Operations against Taliban in other districts are forcing them to take refuge in Dushi district," another resident Abdul Anan, said. He asked the Afghan government to take urgent steps at driving away the insurgents.
"Residents could confront with serious security problems if the government does not take serious action against insurgents," he told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Local officials confirm the problem. "Police will take steps to disarm some illegal armed groups in the district in order to improve the security situation,", police chief, Brig. Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi, said.
Security checkpoints were being established in different areas to provide residents a better security, he said.
Dushi district police chief, Hafizullah Sher Ali, said some new checkpoints had already been established and their number would be increased.
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