Pakistan sets up new checkpoints on Afghan border to thwart Daesh

Published January 5th, 2016 - 08:01 GMT
A Pakistani man walks past graffiti reading "Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi," the name of the leader of Daesh, in Quetta, Pakistan. (AFP/Banaras Khan)
A Pakistani man walks past graffiti reading "Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi," the name of the leader of Daesh, in Quetta, Pakistan. (AFP/Banaras Khan)

Pakistani security forces have set up new check-posts near the border with Afghanistan to prevent Daesh militant attacks and infiltration into the tribal region of Bajaur.

The checkpoints have been established in Mamond, Salarzai, Charmang, Kamangarh, Chamarkand and Nawagai sub-districts of Bajaur Agency, an official said on Monday.

Bajaur Scouts Commandant Col. Nayyar Zaman told journalists that insurgents often crossed the porous border to attack security forces, civilians and government installations.

Pakistan and Afghanistan have seen a sudden rise in Daesh over the past few months. This past weekend, Pakistani officials arrested over 40 Daesh militants, charged with setting up sleeper cells in the country. In September, a US airstrike killed 85 Daesh militants in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province.

The step was aimed at preventing the militants from entering the region from Afghanistan, Zaman said, adding: “We have also unearthed weapons dumps with the help of locals.”

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material


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