70 Daesh militants’ families residing in Baghlan, says public rep
PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): Dozens of families of Daesh -- or Islamic State (IS) -- militants are living in the Baraka district of northern Baghlan province, where support for the group was previously seen, an official said on Friday.
Some days ago, a number of residents and provincial council members had alleged Daesh fighters had launched their activities in the Tangi Murch area of the district, where Taliban militants were previously active.
According to reports, a number of Daesh members’ families have recently rented homes in Tangi Murch area. They are trying to gradually expand their foothold in the district, a former Taliban bastion.
Provincial council member Mohammad Hanif Kahgdai told Pajhwok Afghan News IS militants, coming from an unknown location, had brought about 70 families to the area. They speak Arabic and Uzbeki, travelling in luxury vehicles carrying black flags.
He said Jandullah militants, who were fighting with the Taliban against the government, had joined to Daesh. Kahgdai added the group currently busy recruiting members and the families refusing to offer recruits had to pay cash fines.
A resident of the area, who wished not to be named, said every night two or three families of Islamic State members find their way to the Tangi Murch neighbourhood of the district. The arrivals began three weeks ago
“Some gunmen have secured the houses of IS insurgents, they do not allow others to visit these homes,” the source said, adding Daesh members do not go far from their area.
Three weeks ago, local residents and provincial council members had warned that the presence of Daesh rebels in the area could pose a serious threat if the government did not take action against them well in time.
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