Recent clashes displace 5,000 families in Uruzgan
TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): Recent clashes between security forces and armed militants have displaced thousands of families in the capital of central Uruzgan province, local officials say.
They said the affected families numbering more than 5000 have moved to deserts and other safe areas and some have migrated to Kandahar province. The officials, including the provincial governor, said efforts were underway to provide relief assistance to the displaced families.
Governor Mohammad Nazir Kharotai told Pajhwok Afghan News the displaced families lived under tough conditions and were in dire need of emergency assistance.
He said the ambassadors of Germany, Australia and Holland yesterday visited the province and promised assistance with the displaced families besides cooperation in reopening the Tirinkot-Kandahar highway and its reconstruction.
The governor said 25 attacking Taliban militants were killed during the past 24 hours as a result of the ongoing search operations by Afghan security forces.
He said there were thick fruit orchards around Tirinkot, making it a bit hard to advance against militants who used people’s homes as bastions as well. That was why the security forces were precise in their operations.
Though government officials are giving satisfactory statements about the security situation in Tirinkot, local residents continue to flee the city gravity of the situation.
Still gunshots do not let people sleep as night falls in Tirinkot, while many lives have been lost to stray bullets, for which no side could be accurately held responsible.
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