Kapisa residents say they bore the brunt of recent clashes
MAHMOOD RAQI (Pajhwok): Residents of insecure areas in central Kapisa province say they have lost family members, cattle and crops to insecurity.
Dozens of civilians suffered casualties during recent clashes between security forces and insurgents on the road between Ala Sai and Tagab district, they added.
A resident of Tetarkhel area of Tagab district, Hashmatullah, said the clashes had displaced a number of families and destroyed their houses.
He told Pajhwok Afghan News that about 30 civilians had suffered casualties during the violence in Tetarkhel and Shakot areas.
He said civilians often suffered casualties after insurgents opened fire at security forces from people’s homes and in the middle of the village.
Hashmatullah said: “The anti-government forces have no ability to enter a face-to-face fight with security forces. They fire and then run and as a result civilians get caught in the crossfire.”
A resident of Shakot village, Bakhtiar, said 450 families lived in their village and most of them had been affected by the clashes.
He said clashes often occurred on roads, causing casualties to civilians in nearby homes and damage to their properties.
“The people cannot expel militants from their areas because they are powerful. The government should take action against these armed men.”
Kapisa provincial council member Azizullah Sapi said security situation on the road between Ala Sai and Tagab district had lately improved and new security posts had been established along the route.
But he added mostly civilians suffered casualties whenever clashes occurred on the road. These clashes had destroyed people’s orchards, crops and homes and had caused them huge financial losses, he said.
Provincial security officials said they had always tried to put in place effective security measures for people’s safety in order they could perform their routine works fearlessly.
The provincial deputy police chief, Syed Zakir Hashmi, told Pajhwok Afghan News that insurgents during clashes with security forces used to enter civilian houses to use them as bastions and their these tactics often resulted in casualties to civilians.
“Security forces very carefully conduct their operations in order to avoid civilian casualties,” he said.
The Ala Sai and Tagab districts have been the scene of fierce clashes between security forces and Taliban militants last month.
Local residents say their dozens of shops and a number of houses in the Ala Sai bazaar were destroyed during the clashes.
The Taliban have so far said nothing in this regard.
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