Kamdesh-Kunar road remains blocked after 4 months
Wed Jul 18, 1:22 pm
For the last four months, armed rebels have blocked the main road connecting Kamdesh district of Nuristan with Kunar province which is creating huge problems for the residents, the inhabitants said.
The residents of Kamdesh district claim their district has been surrounded by armed rebels, and the rebels have the support of Pakistan’s spy agency (ISI). They say that the insurgents plan to capture the district.
Based on the claims of tribal elders, hundreds of armed insurgents, assisted by ISI, have come into the district and have created many camps
Insurgents stationed in the district are now providing military training to their fellow rebels, the residents further claimed.
They said 70 tribal elders have discussed the reopening of the blocked road with the armed opposition members and these elders also plan to have talks with the government in this regard.
The Taliban group has confirmed the blockade of the road, saying they have blocked the road as revenge against the government.
The Taliban’s spokesman has said in a statement that the road would be reopened only if the residents stop supporting the government.
Kamdesh district of eastern Nuristan province has hundreds of kilometers of long border with Pakistan where mostly clashes have been witnessed between the security forces and militants.
Though security forces have carried out many anti-insurgent operations in this district, high numbers of rebels remain in the area.