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Illegal gunmen rape women, torch homes: Faryab elders

Illegal gunmen rape women, torch homes: Faryab elders

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Aug 30, 2015 - 22:03

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Tribal elders on Sunday accused some powerful individuals of looting people’s properties and raping womeninfo-icon in the Qaisar district of northwestern Faryab province.

Speaking to reporters in Kabul, a tribal elder from the district, Arbab Sarwari, said first Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum had launched an offensive against Talibaninfo-icon in parts of the province.

But some local powerful individuals sexually assaulted women and snatched properties during the anti-militant push, he alleged. Some residents were tortured, their properties set afire and asked to pay money in return for their release. Several women were raped during the ongoing operation, he calimed.

Gen. Dostum had been in Faryab before entering Sari Pul province with 2,000 forces as part of the offensive against the Taliban. He regained control of some districts and vowed to purge Faryab of insurgents.

The tribal elders from Qaiser district had videos showing illegal armed men burning homes. They demanded the government immediately release the individuals detained as suspected Taliban and help reconstruct homes that were looted and torched.

But Rahmatullah, the town’s administrative chief, rejected the claims and said not a single house had been torched nor private property looted in the district during the operation.

He accused the elders of having links with the Taliban and hatching a plot against the government as the vital operation went on in the restive province.

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