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Gardez attacks: Damaged buildings to be repaired

Gardez attacks: Damaged buildings to be repaired

Oct 19, 2017 - 17:59

GARDEZ (Pajhwok): A visiting government delegation on Thursday said buildings affected by recent terrorist attacks in the capital of southeastern Paktia province would be reconstructed.

Headed by Urban Affairs Minister Syed Sadaat Nanderi, the delegation was formed in compliance with a special president decree. It visited Gardez on Thursday to assess losses inflicted by the deadliest attack.

At least 40 people, including the police chief for Paktia province, were killed and 235 others wounded in a powerful explosion in Gardez on Tuesday morning.

Besides human losses, the massive attack on the police facilities in Paktia caused heavy financial losses to people as well.

Abdul Naseer Alamyar, head of Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) for Paktia, said the attacks caused $800,000 financial losses by destroying buildings in the area.

Addressing a joint press conference, Governor Shamim Khan Katawazai said the current strength of police was insufficient for security of the city and five more security districts should be created keeping in mind the city’s expansion.

He said the new police headquarters would be constructed in a proper place. He asked the interior ministry to provide needed equipment to Paktia police.

Shysta Khan Ahadi, former member of the Provincial Council, said business markets, the state-run university, Zamzam Private University and dozens of homes in the area had sustained damages in the attack.

He added: “Our people suffered huge losses, their markets, shops and homes were damaged. Security institutions should be established far from public places.”

Bismillah Totakhel, owner of a petrol station in front of the bomb blast site, said he suffered $250,000 loss as his five cars and two shops were damaged in the Tuesday bombings.

In the past, similar terrorist attacks and bombings have caused losses to civilian installations, homes and market places.