Roadside bombings spike worries Herat people
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): The provincial council on Monday said it was concerned about increasing roadside bombings which mostly took the lives of civilians in western Herat province.
During the past three months, on average 10 roadside bombings occurred each month, but this month the number of explosions soared to 27, the head of the provincial council’s security committee, Mihdi Hadid, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
“Taliban carried out nearly 50 group attacks on police checkpoints and district headquarters in Herat in September, October and November, but they changed the tactics in December,” he said, adding that the militants now used to plant landmines on roads to target security forces.
The three months saw about 10 landmine blasts occurring in Herat each month, but 27 such blasts took place in a month this time, he said.
Many of the planted mines had been recovered and defused by security personnel, but some detonated, he said.
In addition to the blasts, four people were gunned down during the past one month in Herat City, Hadid said, blaming the increasing insecurity on insufficient police personnel stretched thin in different parts of the province.
Meanwhile, Herat police chief Brig. Gen. Abdul Majid Rozi said police and intelligence officials had increased their efforts to arrest the perpetrators of roadside and magnetic bombings.
Some terrorist networks hired poor people to plant roadside bombs against 5000 afghanis per bomb, he claimed, saying the militants were trying to spread terror through such attacks.
A resident of Shindand district said on the condition of anonymity that Taliban paid money to people for planting roadside bombs in the district. He asked the government to provide jobs to the youth to prevent them from being misused by the insurgents for their nefarious designs.
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