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150 families still in rebels’ captivity: Sar-i-Pul governor

150 families still in rebels’ captivity: Sar-i-Pul governor

Aug 08, 2017 - 21:47

SAR-I-PUL (Pajhwok): The governor of northern Sar-i-Pul province on Tuesday claimed around 150 families remained in captivity of militants in Sayyad district and that security forces were yet to launch offensive against the rebels.

Mohammad Zahir Wahdat said sporadic clashes continued in some areas of Mirzawalang where Daesh and Talibaninfo-icon massacred civilians some days back. Militants, however, denied killing civilians and said they only killed local security forces.

According to Wahdat, local elders had launched mediation to secure the release of captive families. Around 1,000 families lived in Mirzawalng valley, he added.

Officials of the provincial government had said most of the families in the area had fled but their exact number was not known.

They said 3,000 afghanis in cash assistance was paid to each individual from 297 families who migrated to Sar-i-Pul City, the provincial capital.

Najeeba, 11, who witnessed the killing of her mother and father in Merzawalng, said her three-year-old brother was injured and she had no information about her two other brothers.

She has been taking care of her three-year-old injured brother in the main provincial hospital. She said her mother and father were killed while trying to flee the area.


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