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Freed Taliban governor fuelling insecurity in Bamyan

Freed Taliban governor fuelling insecurity in Bamyan

Oct 08, 2017 - 16:54

BAMYAN CITY (Pajhwok): The administrative chief for the Shaibar district of central Bamyan province claims Taliban's shadow governor freed from Pul-i-Charkhi prison is behind insecurity in the area.

Shaibar district chief Mohammad Azeem Farid, in an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, said Maulvi Burhanuddin had been detained in 2009. But he was released from prison after five years.

Burhanuddin was captured on the battlefield with documents that proved his identity as Taliban governor for Bamyan. “We have submitted all documents to the attorney office,” he said.

The militant leader stormed security check-posts in the district at least three times in a week, fuelling insecurity in Shaibar, the official alleged.

At least two policemen were killed and as many injured in last week's attack. However, no casualties were inflicted on security personnel in this week's attack.

Security forces in Shaibar were not fully equipped and hence their inability to stabilise the district, Farid said. “The judiciary should answer the question why the top Taliban leader was released.”

He said the Taliban governor had recruited his men from Baghlan’s Dand-i-Ghori and Tala Wa Barfak districts to launch attacks on police posts in Shibar.

Farid acknowledged reinforcements often dispatched from the Bamayan City to the district but the roads were blocked at times by the enemy planting miens on them.

He also urged higher authorities in Baghaln to clear Tala Wa Barfak district as insecurity there affected Shaibar.

Bamyan is one of the peaceful provinces of Afghanistan but insurgents have been fighting security forces in areas that boarder unstable provinces.