In Ghazni, Taliban-planted roadside bombs fuel concerns
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): The people of Deh Yak district in southern Ghazni province complain planting of roadside bombs by Taliban insurgents has caused them transportation problems.
After a recent clash with security personnel in the district, the fighters planted landmines on roads, fuelling fears among ordinary people, a resident of Rabat area of Deh Yak said.
Syed Rahmantold Pajhwok Afghan News: “Over the past few days, civilian vehicles and motorcycles have struck roadside bombs. The resultant blasts killedand wounded only civilians.”
Taliban placed the bombs in the areas where the security personnel rarely travelled, claimed another resident of Ramak area. Munir Faiq said adding Taliban had warned them not to commute on the roads.
Local elders had talked to the Taliban to remove the roadside bombs, but the dialogue had been fruitless, he explained.
Deh Yak’s administrative chief Karimullah Amiri confirmed the insurgents had implanted landmines on roads. Six members of a family died as result of an explosion recently.
The guerrillas have no courage to fight face to face, so they had resorted to planting roadside bombs, he noted, alleging civilians were bearing the brunt of such blasts.
Deputy Governor Mohammad Ali Ahmadi promised defusing the roadside bombs in the near future. However, he did not give a specific timeframe in this regard
Recently, 28 fighters were killed and 20 others woundedin the district and they were out to seek revenge by planting roadside bombs, said the provincial police chief, Brig. Gen. Mohammad Hakim Angar.
However, Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahiddenied plantingroadside bombs. “Due to the high cost of mines, we plant such devices only in the areas where government soldiers patrol.”
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