(MENAFN- Pajhwok Afghan News) QALAT (Pajhwok): Daesh or so called Islamic State (IS) has active centers in four districts of southern Zabul province from where the group's fighters are sent to other parts of , the provincial council head said on Sunday.
However, Zabul governor says that security problems were created in the province by Pakistani and Iranian intelligence circles.
Atta Jan, the provincial council head of Zabul province, on Sunday told Pajhwok Afghan News that Daesh militants recently established active centers in four districts of the province including Day Chopan, Khak Afghan, Naw Bahar and Arghandab.
'Fifty percent of Zabul territory is under the militants' control, the militants are Daesh and some other groups,' he said.
Jan said that Daesh fighters were trained in their centers and then sent to other parts of Afghanistan.
He did not provide any evidences about his claims but said the government should take serious steps for eliminating militants.
Zabul governor, Kheyal Mohammad Hussaini, told Pajhwok that security problems were created by Pakistani and Iranian intelligence groups in the province.
He said security was good in Qalat, the provincial capital, but districts were unstable due to sharing border with the neighboring countries.
'There are no Daesh militants in Zabul, only Khak Afghan district is under the control, but it is under our close surveillance,' he said.
The militants would be defeated in Zabul following an organized operation framework, he said.
Khan Mohammad, a resident of Dai Chopan district, told Pajhwok that only the center of their district was under the government control and the rest of other areas of the district were with the Taliban.
'Taliban also closed schools in most areas of our district and they do not allow students to go to schools,' he said.
Sher Mohammad, a resident of Qalat city, said that security situation was bad in the province because Afghan forces had no coordination with each other.
'Whenever police forces are under attack in districts, other security forces do not go there to support them,' he said.
A number of other residents of Zabul also complained about insecurity in their province.
Zabul is located on Kandahar- highway and most of its areas are under the Taliban control.
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