Some residents of Nawa district – in the south of Lashkargah city in Helmand province – claimed that Taliban remains a threat to parts of the district.
TOLOnews reporters Karim Amini and Abdullah Hamim, who visited the district, said the center market in Nawa is closed and the residents are fleeing the area in search of safety.
The district was under the control of the Taliban for 10 months but it was retaken in a large-scale military operation by security forces three weeks ago.
The bazaar in the center of the district had few visitors in the first days when the area was cleared of Taliban but now the shops are closed and it is looking like a no-man’s land, residents said.
“Taliban have been pushed back from the district. You see it. But you also see that there is no one (in the bazaar) except military men,” said Gul Rahim, a resident of Nawa.
“Sometimes you are walking in front of your wife and sometimes she walks behind you in search of safe places. Is this life?” asked Abdul Jalil, a resident of the district, who said they are tired of war and escaping from conflicts and militants’ threats.
Security forces said the clearance operation is not yet completed and that it will continue until all threats are thwarted in the area.
“The district needs full clearance as it was captured by the Taliban for eight months. We have plans in this respect,” said Abdul Ghafar Safi, the police chief of Helmand.
Residents of the district said they are still not sure whether the district will be maintained by government forces and they will be able to prevent a comeback by militants.