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Daesh rebels driven from 20 Achin villages: Army

Daesh rebels driven from 20 Achin villages: Army

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Sep 15, 2019 - 20:35

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Twenty villages have been cleared of Daesh insurgents in the Achin district of eastern Nangarhar province, the military claimed on Sunday.

The Afghan army officials said local uprising members would be stationed in areas cleared of Daesh rebels. But the uprising forces demand heavy weapons to protect their areas from militants.

Selab Military Corps Operations Commander Col. Qand Agha Sapi told Pajhwok Afghan News that 20 villages had been cleared of insurgents during an operation that was launched four days ago.

Habibullah, a local uprising member, said they could fight empty hands against the insurgents but the modern day warfare was tactical and they could not fight without heavy equipment in mountainous areas.

The local residents demanded rehabilitation of damaged homes, schools, roads and mosques.

A local elder Haji Dastakhatullah said they were satisfied with the ongoing operation, but people’s homes should be reconstructed.

He said: “Our homes, mosques, schools, clinics and culverts have been destroyed; there is need for rehabilitation to encourage people’s return.”

Governor’s spokesman Attaullah Khogyani said the government planned to equip local uprising members with heavy weapons and establish a military base in the area as well.

Referring to damaged homes’ rehabilitation, he said the reconstructioninfo-icon work would be launched in line with a special presidential package for six Shinwari districts including Achin.

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