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Militants lay siege to 3 Jawzjan’s districts

Militants lay siege to 3 Jawzjan’s districts

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Aug 16, 2017 - 20:09

SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): Militants have laid siege to the centers of three districts -- Aqcha, Mardyan and Khaniqa--- in northern Jawzjan province, the governor said on Wednesday.

Governor Lutfullah Azizi told reporters here that the three districts would fall to militants if security reinforcements did not arrive in 24 hours.

He alleged 50 villages these districts were captured by militants recently due to negligence by the authorities concerned.

When asked why he addressed the media when the situation turned so terrible, the governor said military officials frequently assured him of launching an operation against insurgents soon but the situation worsened because the pledges were not materialized.

Azizi said around 5,000 families from Aqcha, Khan Aqha and Murdyan districts had started fleeing homes to seek refuge elsewhere.

Police chief Brig. Gen. Rahmatullah Turkistani said some areas in the three districts easily fell to Talibaninfo-icon after local uprising members could not be supplied weapons and money.

He said local uprising groups had families and they needed to be supported. He some uprising members had left for Iran and others Pakistaninfo-icon for work after not receiving salaries and other assistance for months.

Brig. Gen. Amanullah Mobin, the 209th Shaheen Military Corps commander, said the Taliban had been prevented from advancing in Aqcha district.

He said security forces present in the Aqcha district had full support of the military corps and all necessary equipment had been provided to them.

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