Rebels in Ghor torch civilian houses, harvests
FIROZKOH (Pajhwok): Officials say militants attacked a village, leave two persons wounded and kidnapping five others after torching a number of houses and harvests in western Ghor province.
The incident took place in Nawi Apand village of Dawlatyar district on Monday night.
Mohammad Musa Kalim, the Dawlatyar district chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News that militants lobbed hand grenades into the houses of villagers which left a woman and 12 years old girl wounded.
He said armed men then set two houses and some harvests on fire and took 600 livestock and 250,000 cash from people. The attackers also held five civilians hostage briefly.
Villagers had only four guns for their protection which were also taken by militants, Kalim said.
A provincial council member Abdul Hamid Natiqi said the residents of Nawi Aspand village were poor who had rented farmlands from people of Lal-Wa-Sarjangal for cultivation.
Taliban harassed the villagers and looted their belongings, he said, demanding the government to pay attention to protect people of the locality.
Ghor police chief Maj. Mohammad Zaman Azimi said police force had been deployed to the area to control the situation.
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