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Jalalabad dwellers feel insecure after blast in highly protected area

Jalalabad dwellers feel insecure after blast in highly protected area

Jul 02, 2018 - 19:47

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Residents of eastern Nangarhar province on Monday said they had been worried about the performance of Afghan security forces after an attack in the provincial capital that killed many people despite tight security measures were in place.

They said despite some roads were blocked, searches had been more accurate a week before the president visit Jalalabad, the provincial capital, and vehicles movements were totally restricted on Sunday but the suicide attack happened just few meters away from the governor’s house.

They accused detective and intelligence institutions on negligence but said such attacks were organized by regional intelligence agencies.

President Ashraf Ghani during his speech in Jalalabad on Sunday said that they were informed about an attack from Daesh or Islamic State. But he said that no any threats would separate him from the nation and that was the reason he traveled to Nangarhar.

A suicide attack targeted Hindu minority people who were on the way to visit president Ghani, in the first police district of Jalalabad around 3:30pm on Sunday.

The incident left 19 people including 17 of them Hindu Sikhs and 20 people including seven of them of Hindu minority members. Awtar Singh, who was a candidate to represent his community in the parliament was among the dead.

Nangarhar residents say that the suicide attack easily reached his target despite strict security measures were in place and many roads were blocked for movement in Jalalabad a week before the president visited the provincial capital.

Noor Agha, a resident of the first police district of Jalalabad, said that security forces were checking him in every location while moving to his house and was passing a 10 minute road in a hour to get to his shop due to security checkpoints but Afghan forces till failed to prevent the attack.

Farhad, the driver of a rickshaw, who lives in Farm Aday area in Behsud district, outside of Jalalabad, said that they were not even allowed to enter to the city on Sunday and Monday due to security reasons but Afghan forces were still unable to stop the bombing.

Nangarhar provincial council members also blamed intelligence organs for their failure but said regional intelligence networks were involved in the attack, something they termed as impossible to stop.

Ajmal Omar, one of the provincial council member, said that it was questionable when the suicide bomber was able to reach close to the governor’s house despite many checkpoints, commando forces and the president’s special guards were deployed on the way.

He also blamed regional intelligences agencies for involvement, but said lack of capacity in Afghan forces also paved the ground for such incidents to happen.

Abdullah Malakzai, another provincial council member was on similar view and blamed the president’s guards and other security forces for their failure.

The provincial council member asked security forces to answer to the nation about the incident and voiced on the president to investigate the incident and punish those officials who neglected in preventing the attack.

However, Nangarhar governor’s spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani said that Afghan security forces used all their abilities to prevent the attack.

He said an investigation was launched into the incident. Details about the attack would be shared with the media after the investigation completed, he added.

Similar attacks had happened in Ghazi Amanullah Khan Township in Rodat district of Nangarhar and Jalalabad city on third day of Eid al Fitr, just 15 days ago that either sparked serious anger of the public.


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