House-to-house searches have reportedly been resumed by the Taliban in Mazar-e-Sharif, the provincial capital of Balkh in northern Afghanistan, according to local sources. These searches are being conducted to find suspected criminals, combat ISIS, and collect state and illegal weapons.
According to sources, this round of house-to-house efforts began on Thursday morning, August 25, in Mazar-e-Sharif’s police district 3.
The Taliban’s 209th Al-Fath Corps and the Intelligence Directorate are working together to conduct house-to-house searches in Mazar-e-Sharif, according to Asif Waziri, the spokesman for the Taliban office of the chief of police in Balkh province.
According to the Taliban official, Asif Waziri, the Taliban forces are conducting door-to-door searches in an effort to combat ISIS, obtain state weapons and collect undocumented guns, as well as track down suspected criminals.
Previously, locals in the Samangan province of northern Afghanistan said that Taliban forces were conducting door-to-door searches in Aybak, the Samangan province’s capital, searching homes.
The Taliban forces reportedly conducted extensive searches throughout the province, and as a result, 25 young people were allegedly detained without evident or announced justifications.
The resumption of searches comes at a time when a powerful explosion on Wednesday in Mazar-e-Sharif injured at least 3 civilians, according to Taliban officials.