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Taliban accused of torching civilian houses


Taliban accused of torching civilian houses

Jul 08, 2014 - 14:54

MAHMUD RAQI (Pajhwok): Officials and residents on Tuesday alleged a number of Pakistani Taliban had torched scores of houses in the Alasai district of central Kapisa province, leaving one woman dead and two children wounded.  

Haji Gul Muhammad, a local, told Pajhwok Afghan News that militants set on fire several houses in Sakeen valley of the district. Another resident, Haji Arif said militants torched houses locals who fought against rebels last year. He said around 200 families had shifted to neighboring Laghman province.

Kapisa Governor Mehrabuddin Safi while backing locals’ claims said that militants from Pakistan were behind torching houses of the locals in the province. He said directives had been issued for detailed investigations into the incident.

Khawaja Faqir Ahmad Saddiqui, provincial policy chief, however, denied claims that Sakeen valley had fallen to Taliban. He said the valley was under militants’ influence since last 12 years. He said plans had been worked out to deploy 100 more local policemen to Sakeen to flush out militants.  

Taliban, however, denied allegations of torching locals’ houses and presence of Pakistani Taliban in the province. The insurgents’ group spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid claimed killing scores of security officials in Alasai district.