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Fighting intensifies in 6 district of Kandahar

Fighting intensifies in 6 district of Kandahar

Jul 16, 2019 - 13:22

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Talibaninfo-icon insurgents have intensified attacks in some districts of southern Kandahar province, an official said on Tuesday.

The militants have stepped up their activities in Maroof, Khakrez, Shah Walikot, Nesh, Ghorak and Maiwand districts.

Police chief Maj. Gen. Tadin Khan told Pajhwok Afghan News: “Everyone knows plots are hatched across the Durand Lineinfo-icon and militants are being told to escalate fighting.”

He said reinforcements had reached the districts to prevent possible insurgent attacks there.

Governor Hayatullah Hayat expressed concern over intense clashes. However, he believed the militants were seeking to strengthen their position at peace talks.

“The Taliban have intensified clashes to show their power and seek to speak from a position of strength in the peace talks.”

Last week, the rebels conducted two deadly attacks in Maroof district and inflicted casualties on security forces.

Abdullah Afghan, a resident of Maroof, told Pajhwok summer was the season of fruits but, unfortunately, conflict had intensified this year.

He said if the fighting continued farmers could not transport their fruits to the market.

He added people were tired of ongoing conflict and looking forward to peace.

Security operations were carried out in Kandahar before the arrival of the summer.

sa/mud

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