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Fearing Taliban attacks, residents stop visiting Ghazni City

Fearing Taliban attacks, residents stop visiting Ghazni City

Nov 03, 2015 - 14:55

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Residents of southern Ghazni province on Tuesday said they avoided visiting the provincial capital for purchasing necessary commodities for fear of Taliban attacks.

Public apprehensions have been on the rise after a series of bombings and other incidents of insecurity, including the blockadeof the busy Kabul-Kandaharsouthern highway of in Ghazni City.

Mohammad Akram, resident of Giro district, told Pajhwok Afghan News security concerns had prompted the town’s inhabitants to avoid visiting Ghazni City.

He added: “The Taliban are spreading rumours that their attacks on the provincial capital are still ongoing and the group would soon capture Ghazni City.”

Residents of the locality were facing food scarcity and lacked other necessary commodities, he claimed, saying taxi drivers also did not travel to the provincial capital.

Abdullah, hailing from Deh Yak district, said: “We eschew going to the city because the Taliban have plantedroadside bomb in some areas and are fighting with the security personnel in other localities.”

He said some of his relatives, who recently came from the provincial capital to the village, told residents the situation in the city was spooky and it was dangerous travellingthere.

But Deputy Governor Mohamad Ali Ahmadi insisted the security situation in the city was pretty normal. He, however, acknowledged the Taliban tried to storm Ghazni City, but the security forces foiled their attempt.

“The Taliban are trying to strike fear in people’s hearts; otherwise the overall security environment is satisfactory,” the official reiterated.

Ali Ahmad Mubarez, the provincial intelligence chief, also claimed the security threat was lower than before. The Taliban’s plan to conquer the city had been scuttled, he said.

“The fighters have miserably failed, having lost dozens of men. They can do nothing more than spreading propaganda,” he said, urging residents to extend support to the security forces.



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