Foreign fighters’ influx irks Qaisar district residents
MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Officials in Qaisar district of northern Faryab province on Saturday said unprecedented influx of foreign militants, including Pakistani and Uzbeks, have led to insecurity in the area.
Abdul Jamil Seddiqi, the town’s administrative chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News 16 Pakistani and Uzbek fighters and 15 Taliban commanders from Kandahar province, have arrived to Khwaja-Kenti and Shakh-Qaisar localities staging attacks against government forces.
“The district will fall to Taliban soon if the government did not pay heed to bolster security of the district,” he warned.
Seddiqi said hundreds of Taliban fighters led by the two groups of commanders planned to start offensive in different parts of the district.
Ahmad Farhad, Qaisar people’s council head, said: “People are tired of government’s inability to control spiraling insecurity. They have failed in ensuring security, justice and eradication of corruption.”
He claimed 90% of Qaisar district, including four bazaars and localities like Sar Asiab, Arzlek, Kohe and Chehlgazai were under Taliban control.
But security officials said Taliban did not enjoy any base in the district, adding that only some far-flung areas were under militants’ control.
According to army officials, two weeks back, nine rebels, including one commander and two Uzbek fighters were killed in the district in clashes with security forces.
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