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Insurgents torch 2 coal trucks in Samangan

Insurgents torch 2 coal trucks in Samangan

Jan 09, 2018 - 15:41

AIBAK (Pajhwok): Militants have torched two trucks and taken their drivers hostage in northern Samangan province, an official said on Tuesday.

Ahmad Ali Husni, the administrative chief for Dara-i-Sauf Bala district, told Pajhwok Afghan News the Talibaninfo-icon had set alight the two trucks in Dara-i-Sauf Payeen district.

He said that the trucks heading to Shabashak Coalmine were stopped and destroyed by fighters in Chahar Awlia area on Monday.

Husni blamed the Taliban for burning the trucks and said the vehicles, belonging to ordinary people, were carrying wood to the Shabashak Coalmine.

He did not provide information about the drivers of the trucks. It is the third time in a month the militants have burnt trucks transferring coal from this mine.

About a month back, Taliban had destroyed four coal-laden trucks in the same area. A Corolla car was torched there about a week ago by insurgents.

Husni accused officials of failing to ensure security for the coalmine. “This issue has been shared with the provincial police chief several times. We have been asking for more security posts in this area but no action has been taken yet.”

Meanwhile, the acting police chief told Pajhwok a security post existed about 300 metres away from the coalmine. Police have launched an investigation into how the militants torched the vehicles.

Another security post would be deployed in the area during the next one week, promised Brig. Gen. Mohammad Nader Fahimi, who hoped the security situation would improve.

The Shabashak Coalmine in Dara-i-Sauf Bala districts is one of the major income sources for the government, which collected more than 2.8 billion afghanis from the mine last year.

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