Rebels harass, loot pro-govt residents in Ghor
FEROZKOH (Pajhwok): Residents of Pasaband and Dolina districts of western Ghor province on Monday complained Taliban militants having captured some areas in the two districts were harassing pro-government residents.
A former jihadi commander, Ahmad Tajdar, a resident of Pasaband district, told Pajhwok Afghan News he had long been fighting against the Taliban and had survived two bomb blasts and ambushes by the militants.
He said his fighters had suffered casualties during clashes against the rebels in protecting the district center.
But Tajdar said he was currently attending a patient in Firozkoh, the capital of Ghor, and Taliban militants in his absence had started disrupting the security situation of the town.
He said his 200-member militia had been resisting the rebels without government’s support.
“Negligence on the part of the government and its poor performance has enabled the Taliban to increase their influence in the area,” he said.
A provincial council member, Mohammad Hashim Faizi, said the Taliban had recently seized a large number of areas in Pasaband and Dolina districts and they tortured and harassed local residents.
He said the Taliban also disarmed some pro-government residents and looted their belongings.
Faizi, also a resident of Dolina, said the Taliban laid siege to the house of a pro-government local commander, Mahmoud, and warned him to surrender or face their wrath.
He said residents wanted to put up resistance to the insurgents, but they lacked government support.
The public representative said both local illegal armed commanders and the Taliban forced residents to provide them meals and pay for their operation costs.
Local officials confirm 4,500 illegal armed men and 2,400 Taliban militants have been operating in Ghor province
A resident of Pasaband district, Sayed Ahmad, said the Taliban forced residents to pay for their expenses.
“We have been supporting the government but the government is paying no attention to us. The Taliban have looted around 100 houses in Noorak area of Pasaband. Some people who supported the government were harassed and displaced to Firozkoh city and other areas,” he said.
The acting governor, Syed Anwar Rahmati, confirmed local residents in the two districts were being harassed by the insurgents.
He said the rebels had stepped up their attacks in the two districts and had blocked roads connecting the towns to the capital of the province over the past four days.
He said it was hard for security forces to travel by land and protect pro-government residents, but security organs had the plan to launch airstrikes against the rebels.
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