Daesh has imprisoned 127 people in Nangarhar's Achin: official
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The self-styled Islamic State or Daesh group held 127 people, including 19 Afghan soldiers, captive in its three jails in Achin district of eastern Nangarhar province, an official said on Thursday.
During an interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, the Achin district chief, Hajji Ghalib Mujahid, said:” Daesh has three prisons in Chapari, Takhtu and Bandar areas, where they have imprisoned 127 religious scholars, local influential figures and 19 Afghan security personnel.”
They captured the tribal elders to support them and religious scholars to preach Wahabism and some others for not providing the group financial and arm support; he said.
He said there were no Taliban fighters in the said areas, including Mamond locality, where the group Daesh ruled.
“The IS has two centres in Mamond and Abdulkhel areas where they harass local people to leave the areas. More than 500 families have so far left the areas and their houses are occupied by fighters coming from across the Durand Line in Aurakzai agency and Terah valley,” he said.
While accusing Pakistan of directly supporting the insurgents, he said the neighbouring country had been supplying them different types of heavy machineguns and small artilleries and mortars on mules from Terah valley in Khyber agency that borders the district.
“The outfit tells people they don’t know how to pray, arrests religious scholars and doesn’t allow women to come out of their houses and looks for widowed women to marry the fighters,” he said.
The newly appointed district chief asked the central government and high-ranking officials to pay full attention to the Shinwari zone before the group extended its activities across the region.
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