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Daesh recruiting fighters in Logar’s Azra district

Daesh recruiting fighters in Logar’s Azra district

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Feb 22, 2017 - 14:40

PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): Local officials in central Logar province said on Wednesday Daesh -- also know Islamic State (IS) -- had started recruiting fighters and dispatching hundreds of them to Achin district for training.

Hameedullah Hameed, administrative chief for Azra district, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the Islamic State was recruiting youngsters to swell its ranks in the embattled district

“But no area of the district is being controlled by Daesh, whose recruitment drive is being directed from the Achin district of neighbouring Nangarhar province. The recruits are then sent there for training,” he added.

Hameed added the Daesh rebels wanted to use the new recruits for terrorist activities in the upcoming spring in different parts of Afghanistaninfo-icon.

He said Azra was among the insecure districts of the country and shared border with Pakistaninfo-icon, where Daesh militants were present as well.

Haji Ibrahim, a resident of Akbarkehl locality, verified the Islamic State recruitment process was underway in the district and a large number of youth had joined the outfit.

“Daesh has also persuaded my 22-year-old son who joined their ranks and is being trained in Achin. I strived to bring him back but failed,” he added.

Bismillah, another resident of the area, said they were facing multiple issue due to Daesh activities. He warned: “If this process continues, it will create problems for us.”

Col. Mohammad Jan Abid, the provincial crime branch chief, said, they were aware of Daesh activities in Azra district. He, however, rejected a Daesh presence in the district and said the group was only involved in recruiting youth.

Asked for comments on the issue, the governor’s spokesman said he was unaware of Daesh activities in Azra district, situated 90 kilometres east of Pul-i-Alam, the provincial capital.

The main road to the district has been closed for the past 14 years and its residents Kabulinfo-icon and Nanagarhar routes for travel.

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