Chased by security forces, Daesh families in Achin flee to Tirah
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Under pressure from security forces, Islamic State fighters have fled the Achin district of eastern of eastern Nangarhar province across the border into Pakistan, an official claimed on Wednesday.
Before launching their activities on this side of the Durand Line, a large number of Afridi and Orakzai families had sneaked into Afghanistan, forcibly occupying houses of local residents, the Achin district chief said.
Haji Ghalib Mujahid, in an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, said that the Daesh fighters had fled back to the Khyber tribal region of Pakistan along with their families few days back.
“These insurgents wanted to capture Achin district, but miserably failed in their nefarious designs. Up to 15 families return to the Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency every day,” he added.
He said around 15 IS families went back to Tirah daily and the number of fighters had decreased in Achin. “Like the Britons, they first came here as refugees but later occupied people’s houses and started fighting.”
Ghalib acknowledged some families of Daesh militants still existed in the Takhto area of Achin, but they could not fight against Afghan forces.
“Daesh has stopped fighting, but security forces are chasing them. Some of their machineguns and bombs were destroyed during a clash on Monday,” he said.
Some of residents, who were displaced as result of clashes in the border town, have returned to their areas. The government planned distributing aid packages to them, Ghalib added.
“The displaced households are gradually returning to their areas now that the security situation has improved. The governor has promised distribution of 50 tonnes of wheat to the affected families,” he said.
Local security officials said last week their operation against the Islamic State militants was ongoing. They called the offensive a success and claimed the fighters had been defeated comprehensively.
A provincial council member, Zabihullah Zmaray who visited Achin on Tuesday, also said the security situation in the district was stable. He said Daesh fighters faced strong resistance and suffered heavy casualties.
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