News - Afghanistan
Sare-e-Pul MP Mohammad Hassan Balkhabi reported Thursday that militants allegedly associated with the Daesh group have boldly started house-to-house recruitment in areas thought be under government control.
Increased militant violence and the seemingly unrelenting spread of Daesh in various parts of the country has caused many provincial and parliamentary leaders to demand greater action on the part of the central government to stymie the new tide of terrorism and protect civilian life.
"The activities of Daesh militants have increased, and they freely commute in bazaars and drive motorcycles and even enter houses and campaign in support of the Daesh group," MP Mohammad Hassan Balkhabi said on Thursday.
Relatedly, a number of lawmakers in the Lower House have expressed major apprehensions over the growing cases of kidnapping and hostage-taking along highways across the country. Officials of central Daikondi province on Thursday reported another 20 passengers and drivers were taken hostage in Kajran district by the Taliban over the weekend.
Nevertheless, for many MPs, Daesh is the likely culprit behind increased trouble along the country's already beleaguered highways. "If the activities of militant groups such as the Taliban and Daesh extend to peaceful province such as Daikundi, then not only will a district come on verge of collapse, but it will increase the likelihood of human tragedy," Daikundi MP Assadullah Saadati said.
A number of civil society members in northern Balkh province on Thursday also voiced concerns about the increasing activities of Daesh in some northern parts of Afghanistan. "Whether it is Daesh, or another extremist group, the activities of such groups are quite distressing to people," activist Zalmai Younusi told TOLOnews.
The fate of the 31 Hazara passengers abducted on Kabul-Kandahar Highway weeks ago by militants claiming allegiance to Daesh remain uncertain. With another 20 people now missing in Daikundi at the hands of uncertain culprits, security threats weigh heavy on the minds of many regardless of their location.
Two days ago, masked men in Maidan Wardak province shot 13 people traveling through Syed Abad district.