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Baghlan IDPs seek assistance

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Following unprecedented insecurity and conflicts in parts of northern Baghlan province, thousands of residents of Dand-e-Ghori, Baghlan-e-Markazi and Dahana-e-Ghori districts have been displaced and have resided in safe areas.

A number of the families have settled in their relatives’ houses while some of them are living under tents. Some of them who have been displaced in Wazir Abad area of Pul-e-Khumri city say they have left all they had at their houses therefore they live in miserable situation.

Radio Azadi on Monday quoted one of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), as saying that they left their houses because of war. “We were surrounded by firings from all sides. We left everything in our houses. We are thousands of families here in Pul-e-Khumri city,” the IDP said.

He said that some of them are living under tents which have been donated by locals.

They said the government and welfare organizations have not paid any attention on them, and are looking the other way to them.

It is said that most of the IDPs are farmers that have left everything, including their cattle, there in their houses.

Member of Baghlan provincial council, Mohammad Zarif Zarif, said the IDPs want urgent aid and want the government and other related organizations to help them as soon as possible.

He said the government should carry out military operations in the areas and pave the group for return of the families to their villages in near future.

The conflicts in Baghlan are ongoing for past two week which have displaced thousands of families in several parts of the province.

Security officials in Baghlan have said that at least 50 Taliban militants including their commander have been killed and tens of others wounded in military operations by security forces.

However, the Taliban militants have claimed that have captured several security check points in the province.

Security officials in Baghlan have rejected the allegations by the Taliban militants.

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