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Insecurity displaces 3,000 Jawzjan families

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: More than 3,000 families have left their houses following mounting insecurity in parts of northern Jawzjan province during past two weeks.

According to locals, almost all shops have remained closed for past several days and students have stopped going to school due to insecurity in Aqcha district. “The situation is really deteriorated. Security forces and the Taliban militants have stationed in several parts of the district and are ready to start clashes,” residents of Aqcha quoted by Radio Azadi said on Sunday. They said people cannot come out of their houses. They added that most of the families have been displaced.

It is said that a number of residents of neighboring districts of Aqcha have also left their houses as their areas were under threat in case of rising insecurity in the district.

District chief of Aqcha, Rahmatullah Hashar, said at least 10 villages were under control of the Taliban militants therefore military operations will be launched in the areas to clear them from the rebels.

He said situation has turned normal in the district, and 60 percent of shops were opened.

“Both the sides are ready to fight. Militants have planted mines in several streets and subways. Security forces are completely ready to fight the terrorists and will leave no stone unturned to avoid harming the locals. We will start our military operation aimed at bringing law-and-order in the district and ensure the locals’ safety,” he said, as quoted by Radio Azadi.

Aqcha was one of the secure districts of Jawzjan months back. It is located in central parts of the province and has over 50,000 populous.

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