TOLOnews journalist Karim Amini reports that not even Afghan security forces have been allowed in to the MOAB blast site area
Blast Site ‘Off-Limits’ To Everyone Except U.S Forces
Four days after the U.S dropped a Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb on Achin district in Nangarhar, the U.S still has the blast site under lock down – barring access to all including Afghan security forces.
Reporting from the area, TOLOnews journalist Karim Amini said only U.S Forces are allowed in to Assadkhil village in Mohmand Dara area where the “Mother of All Bombs” was dropped on Thursday night.
Amini reported that the area is sealed off to everyone, including Afghan military and the press.
Amini also reported that Daesh is still active in parts of Mohmand Dara, especially near the Durand Line, where they are firing off rockets at Afghan security forces.
Eastern Nangarhar police department meanwhile refused to comment on why the area has not been cleared of Daesh and why the security forces have been barred from entering the village.
Police said however they will not allow Daesh to return to the area.
“An oeration is ongoing, successfully, to completely eliminate the enemy,” Nangarhar police chief, Abdul Rahman Rahimi said.
A member of Nangarhar provincial council meanwhile said Afghan security forces are trying to clear roads in the region that were closed due to insurgent activity.
“We urge government and charity organizations to support the displaced families and help them return to their villages,” a council member, Mehrabuddin said.
Meanwhile, Achin residents who fled to Jalalabad, the provincial capital, said they are worried that Daesh may return to the villages and urged government to maintain security.
“You know that the people's houses have been destroyed and people have been subjected to cruelty,” said Hamidullah, a resident of Achin.