Continued violence causes food shortages in Wazikhwa district
SHARAN (Pajhwok): Residents of the Wazikhwa district of southern Paktika province complain they are faced with food shortages as fighting between security forces and militants have been ongoing for the past three weeks.
The inhabitants raised the issue during a public meeting, in which Governor Aminullah Shariq and other provincial officials also participated.
Mansoor Wazikhwawal, a local tribal elder, said clashes had been underway over the past 22 days in the district.He said all roads to Sharan, the provincial capital, and other districts were blocked.
The Taliban had captured some areas after security forces there receivedno reinforcements, he said, adding the people were faced with shortages of food and other items.
Gul Baz, another resident of the district, told Pajhwok Afghan News clashes were still underway in some areas of the district. “Fighting is ongoing and all our people are firmly behind the security forces.” he
He linked the prolonged fighting to the non-arrival of reinforcements, lack of weapons and air support.The complaining residents asked the government to improve security in their area and help reopen roads.
Governor Aminullah Shariq said the government was trying to improve the security situation in the district.He added Afghan forces had pushed back militants, killing 100 of them.
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