MoI confirms Daesh presence in parts of country
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has acknowledged Islamic State (IS) group or Daesh has active presence in some parts of Afghanistan but the country’s security forces can deal with the emerging threat.
MoI spokesman Seddiq Seddiqi told journalists on Tuesday his information regarding IS presence was based on intelligence reports.
“Presence of Daesh in the country is a threat that we face. We are alert. Our intelligence forces work hard on this issue,” Seddiqi said, adding once again security forces had the capability to deal with any threat from any group.
Gen. John F. Campbell, commander of Resolute Support mission, two days back stated that Daesh was enrolling fighters to its ranks in Afghanistan and had not started its operations.
Seddiqi welcomed people’s uprising against insurgents in different parts of the country, but denied distribution of any weapons to them.
He added the MoI focused on better training and equipping of national police and local police so that the need for local people to get arms should not arise.
The insurgents, he said, had faced defeat in north of the country and had retreated to Helmand province in south. He said clearing operations against these insurgents were ongoing in three districts of Helmand.
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