KABUL: Mohammad Zakariya Sawda, governor for Badakhshan province in the northeast, says that foreign terrorists have come there from the provinces of Faryab and Nangarhar to fight government forces.
He said Sunday that the terrorists are in the districts of Wardooj, Jorm and Raghestan.
“We arrested a terrorist of the Tajikistan’s Ansarullah Movement last week, he had come from Kunduz province and wanted to go to Raghestan district but was arrested in the Yaftal district,” Sawda said.
He said that fighters loyal to the Ansarullah, Eastern Torkestan and Qafqaz terrorist groups from the countries of Tajikistan and China are fighting in Badakhshan.
Members of provincial council say that foreign terrorists are fighting alongside of Taliban.
“A few days ago, we heard accurate news that 11 foreign terrorists wanted to go from Wardooj district to Shohada district and from there to Arghanjkhwah district, then to Kohestan district and from there to Raghestan district and finally to Darwaz district to get close to the borders of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan,” said Mahboob Talat, a member of provincial council.
The report has made concerns in the neighboring Tajikistan who launched a military drill with Russian troops along the Afghan borders lately.
“Badakhshan has been changed to a safe haven for terrorists after the beginning of foreign forces’ withdrawal. Terrorists have gathered there because it borders Pakistan, China and Tajikistan,” said Sami Saihoon, a political analyst in Badakhshan.
Local officials assure not to allow anybody to use Badakhshan to threat the region.
Governor Sawda had earlier said that 900 foreign fighters from China, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan were in Badakhshan.
Taliban deny reports about the presence of foreign fighters in Badakhshan.