Daesh (IS) Stronghold - Nangarhar, 300 Prisoners Fate Unknown

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Wednesday, 30 December 2015 17:52

Islamic State (IS) or Daesh militants have taken around 300 villagers hostage in eastern Afghanistan, whose fate remains unknown till date, an official said.

Governor of Nangarhar’s Achin District has told VOA news that the 300 villagers have been kidnapped by the group in his district in last two months.

According to Haji Ghalib Mujahid, Daesh is running eight captivities in Abdulkhil, Mamand, Pikhi, Shadal and Takhto areas.

About the fate of the hostages, the governor said there is no information “On how many of them might have been killed.”

Some local residents have also confirmed to the news agency that Daesh kidnapped several community elders in their areas.

On condition of anonymity, they have told media that some elders were later released for ransom but others who could not afford to pay money are still missing.

Zabihullah Zmarai, a member of the provincial council of Nangarhar says the missing community elders are either in Daesh-run prisons or killed.

Achin District is the stronghold of the militant group in eastern part of the country.

In September 2015, Zahir Qadir, the first deputy speaker of Parliament had said that eastern Nangarhar province has become a Daesh stronghold and strongly criticized government for having ignored the problem to date.

He said "if government does not pay attention to the issue [of Daesh] we will start a war against them with the support of the people."

He said that the enemy threatens their families and that government is ignoring their plight. "It is clear for all to see the security situation is not good in the country."

"We are ready to go to every nook and cranny in the country by our own means and fight tit-for-tat against the enemies."

Meanwhile, Wazhma Safi, another MP also expressed her concern over the rising insecurity situation and the problem of Daesh.

"The insecurity has increased in the country and we can't go anywhere." Safi said that Daesh activities have also increased in the country.

She urged the government to address the security issues.

Previously, Daesh insurgents had torched a number of civilian houses in eastern Nangarhar province. A footage was received showing residents leaving their homes and fleeing to other parts of the province.

In September 2015, residents of Nangarhar from Pachir Agam district had voiced their concerns over what they claim is the growing number of Daesh members in their area.

Concerns have continued to rise in the past few months after Daesh first emerged in the Achin, Kot, Haska Mina and Pachir Agam districts in Nangarhar. They have also reportedly clashed on numerous occasions with the Taliban in the province.

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