Many areas of Kot district cleared of Daesh, says Kunduzi
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The governor on Wednesday said the activities of Islamic State or Daesh group had been reduced in the Kot district of eastern Nangarhar province as a result of an ongoing operation against the outfit.
Salim Khan Kunduzi expressed these views while visiting a number of security posts after offering Eidul Fitr prayers in the troubled district.
Kunduzi told Pajhwok Afghan News in the district that the operation against Daesh militants was successfully underway in Kot and many areas had been cleared of their presence.
About two weeks ago, hundreds of Daesh gunmen launched group attacks on Janjal Ghundi and nearby villages and captured some posts of a tribal militia raised to protect their areas against the militant group.
In order to recapture the lost areas, fighting with Daesh militants continued for several days and finally a major operation against the group was launched. The operation is still ongoing.
Visiting the Janjal Ghundi post, the governor said Janjal Ghundi and nearby areas had been cleared of Daesh.
“We are going after Daesh to their centres. Our troops are advancing on areas where Daesh has established its bases.”
Local officials say the group has little presence in the Shinwari zone, but they confirm the Syria and Iraq-based militant outfit has centres in Achin and Haska Mena districts.
Uprising commander in Kot, Haji Hayat Khan, said the influence of Daesh had been reduced in the district and the uprising members had established their posts in a number of areas.
Khan said the ongoing ground and air operation against Daesh was successful and the group’s infiltration to other areas had been prevented.
Addressing the governor, the police and the provincial intelligence chiefs, Hayat Khan said their visit to the district boosted the morale of their forces. “We will never surrender our soil to anyone.”
The provincial officials also visited homes which were said to be torched during the Daesh attacks. The officials promised reconstruction of the houses and continuation of assistance with the affected families.
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