Daesh constructing military base in Nuristan: PC
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Provincial council head of eastern Nuristan province claimed on Wednesday that the self-styled Daesh had initiated constructing a military base there amid reports that security forces was investing the issue, an official said on Wednesday.
The area of Mandawal is located in eastern Nuristan and an easy access to Paroon, Panjsher and Badakhshan provinces. The influx and heavy presence of militants left great impact on law and order situation in Badakhshan province and to pave way to central Asian states, the official said.
Eng. Sadullah Painda, head of PC, told Pajhwok Afghan News Daesh group had been active in four districts and wanted to establish a military base in the district. “Daesh fighters came from Pakistan through Nangarhar and striving to force their way to Mandawal district. The government writ is weak in the district and Daesh wants to increase its influence there,” he added.
Daesh presence has been reported in Shinwari district amid reports that US drone had killed several fighters in the area. But local departments had not reported about Daesh fighters’ movement to other provinces.
The group had started recruiting fighters in Mandawal, Wigal, Kamdesh and Brugmatal districts, Eng. Painda said. Brig. Gen. Khalilullah Zaee, police chief, rejected Daesh presence in the province and said they had started investigation in this regard.
“I don’t reject and accept provincial council statement regarding presence of Daesh. We have noticed a group fighting against Taliban in Wigal district but can’t say for sure that they are Daesh,” he added.
The district of Madawal had been controlled from Du Aab district for last few years, the police chief said.
Obaidullah, a resident of Nuristan, confirmed presence of armed militants but said that Daesh presence would create more fear among people.
Zabihullah Ghazi, a local journalist, said Nuristan officials had confirmed presence of Daesh and said that “the group can recruit more people in Nuristan and Kunar then Nangarhar since it believes on Salafi sect.”
The PC head demanded government to initiate military operation against the group in the province. The reports about the group activities are a warning shot as Daesh has already initiated war against Taliban in neighboring Nangarhar province.
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