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Baghlan schools used as entrenchments

AT News Report

KABUL: Security forces in the northern province of Baghlan are using schools as strongholds, depriving students from attending classes, residents in the province say.

People in Baghlan say that security forces use not only schools, but other educational centers are also turned to their fortresses.

“Thousands of children cannot go to schools as the buildings of their schools are occupied by soldiers who use them as their entrenchment,” a resident said.

Provincial officials also confirm the use of schools by security forces who are fighting Taliban insurgents. Saying that they asked security organs to order soldiers to leave school buildings, but the problem still exists.

Baghlan is one of unsafe provinces in the north and Taliban fighters frequently target security forces, government and public installations including electricity pylons, leaving Kabul residents in full blackout.

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