Jawzjan group wooing residents to join Daesh
SHEBIRGHAN/MAIMANA (Pajhwok): A small group of militants, believed to be members of Daesh or the Islamic State group, has been seen in the Qosh-Tapa district of northern Jawzjan province, wooing people to join the group, an official said.
Brig. Gen. Faqir Mohammad Jawzjani, provincial police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News the 10-member group included four women had surfaced in Chaqma locality.
He said all the members were Uzbek nationals wearing black clothes and bearing black flags. The group has been seen many times in the locality and has asked people to announce allegiance to Daesh, he added.
Jawzjani assured the group’s activities were limited and they did not have any base in the province to challenge law and order situation.
Abdul Azim, a Qosh-Tapa resident, said: “I saw masked men two weeks back on horse backs that crossed Choqma locality.”
Earlier, he added, these individuals were members of Jandullah group which was led by Tahir Yuldash an Uzbek al-Qaeda member. Yuldash was killed six years ago in a drone strike in northern Waziristan.
The police chief said the group had come from the neighboring Faryab province, a claim that was rejected by Faryab officials.
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