Rebel training centre in Imam Sahib threatens entire Kunduz
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Insurgents have established a centre in the Imam Sahib district of northern Kunduz province, training suicide bombers and making explosives, residents claim.
The residents say the government should to quickly act to demolish the training centre which they say poses a serious security threat to the provincial capital, Kunduz City.
Taj Mohammad, one of the residents of Imam Sahib, confirmed the Taliban had established a training centre in the district to train suicide bombers and plan other activities.
He said the centre was exactly located in Jangal locality and asked security forces to launch an offensive targeting the facility.
Sher Mohammad, an elder of the area, termed the existence of the militant training centre as dangerous and said it posed threat to the security of the entire province.
He said security officials were aware of the centre and they had assured the people of launching an operation to dismantle the facility, but no action could be taken as yet.
“From the past two years, insurgents have been training recruits at the centre. They provide weapons, equipment and training how to plant landmines and carry out suicide bombings,” he said.
The district chief, Amanuddin Quraishi, acknowledged the Taliban’s training centre existed in Jangal locality.
He said the centre had been active over the past three years some 13 kilometers from the district centre.
But provincial deputy police chief Col. Masoum Hashimi said he was unaware about the existence of such a Taliban training centre in Imam Sahib district.
“We don’t have exact information about the centre, but will issue directives to intelligence officials to gather details about the facility,” he said.
Earlier, residents and local officials of Dasht-i-Archi district had claimed militants were imparted training in a seminary in the district.
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