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Clashes cause financial losses to Khogyani residents


Clashes cause financial losses to Khogyani residents

Jul 21, 2015 - 20:54

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): The residents of Khogyani district of southern Ghazni complain they suffered financial losses due to clashes between security forces and Taliban militants.

Khogyani district is about 25 kilometers west of Ghazni City, the provincial capital. The security situation in the district has been worst since last 13 years.

Mohammad Ashraf, a resident of Merza Khail area, told Pajhwok Afghan News the security situation had worsened compared to the previous year.

“I can’t leave home due clashes on a daily basis. My wheat crop dried after I failed to irrigate it. Fruits in my orchards will decay if not harvested.”

He said clashes between security forces and insurgents lasted for hours, with both the sides using light and heavy weapons.

Mohammad Anwar, who lives in the Kada area, said civilians often suffered casualties after being caught in crossfire between security forces and armed militants.

“Sometimes civilians are killed in these clashes, but they are inflicted financial losses in every clash. We live like prisons and cannot escape.”

Mohammad Anwar said the warring parties should take care of civilian lives and properties during their operations.

Other residents held similar views.

The district chief, Mohammad Sharif, also said security problems in the district had increased, creating numerous problems for local residents.

He said all these problems for residents had been created by the Taliban, who would soon face an uprising against them.

Provincial deputy police chief Asadullah Insafi said Taliban militants used to hide in people’s homes and attack security forces from there, thus creating problems for local residents.

He said police and other security forces tried their level best to protect civilians and their properties during operations.

Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban’s spokesman, said the fighters were in complete control of the Khogyani district.

He said security forces had created problems for local residents because they often resorted to light and heavy weapons fire. “We stage attacks from areas where civilians have no presence,” Mujahid said.

About a month back, the Khogyani district administration office was shifted to Mirzakhel area of Ghazni City, the provincial capital.