KABUL: The Movement for Protection of Jihad’s and Resistance’s Values on Thursday denied security forces raided its office in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province.
Addressing reporters here, Hashim Momand, in charge of the movement office in Jalalabad, said the raid had been conducted on a compound which was not their office.
He praised security forces for the raid but said they should have been consulted before the raid and naming the office as of the Movement for Protection of Jihad and Resistance Values.
About six days ago, intelligence forces along with police raided the campaign office of a Wolesi Jirga member Haji Idrees Ghilji in Jalalabad.
After the raid, the governor’s house said the raid had been conducted on the campaign office of Ghilji and the office of Gen. Jurrat-led movement for the protection of jihad’s values.
Eight people including Ghilji were arrested during the operation but later five of them were released following the investigation, according to the provincial government.
Security forces also seized some weapons and a hand grenade during the raid, but social media users claimed ten suicide bomb belts were also recovered.
But Hashim Momand said giving the raided office the name of the movement was an attempt to harm their political struggle and asked the judicial and investigative authorities to probe the incident. “We want the government to investigate this incident, if we are found guilty, we need to answer to the government and the masses but at the same time we want the restoration of our dignity,” he said.
Special Security Forces raided the office of former jihadi leader Gen. Jurat and captured eight individuals.
The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said on Wednesday the eight individuals were detained with weapons and hand grenades from the office of the Movement for Protection of Jihad and Resistance Values.
The movement is headed by Gen. Jurat, who is also the advisor to the National Security Council. However, he has not yet spoken about the incident.
According to the governor’s office, the raid was conducted to arrest suspected terrorists. Five persons were released after initial investigation while three others still being interrogated.
In line with NDS policy, details of the raid and investigations would be shared with the media after the interrogations are completed.
A well-placed source in Kabul said Idrees Ghilji, the son of Ghanikhel district chief Ghaleb Mujahid, was released after two days.