News - Afghanistan
Residents only 25 kilometres from Afghanistan's capital have taken up arms against Taliban insurgents in their area, joining the growing tide of local uprisings which reportedly began in other provinces in late June.
The residents of the Sorobi district in Kabul province's east said they are tired of conflict and the violence of the Taliban which involved burning schools and clinics.
"We will take the security of our villages and our nation and we will not accept any foreigners who come and destroy our schools or clinics," one of the residents said.
Another resident added, "We will fight alongside our nation against those who interfere in our country and we are collaborators with our government and our people."
Meanwhile the Ministry of Interior told TOLOnews Thursday that it supports the people's revolt.
"The people's uprisings in some provinces of country are a very important issue. These uprisings are good in that people of Afghanistan are involved in eradicating terrorist groups and association with their security forces," Ministry of Interior spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said.
The Sorobi residents called for the support of the government to rebuild schools, roads, and clinics for them in their area.
The first reported uprising of local residents took place in central Ghazni province in June in one of the most contested districts, Andar, by government and Taliban forces.
Since then, there have been reports of uprisings across at least ten provinces, including Baghlan, Kapisa, Nangarhar, Faryab and Laghman.
The Sorobi reports are the first to happen this close to the country's capital Kabul.