An Afghan orphanages in Pakistan, Afghanistan, has fired its building in response to a lockdown imposed by the government.
The orphanage building is in the town of Nangarhar in the Paktia province, where the Taliban launched a bloody campaign to retake the area from Afghan forces in late 2014.
According to the Afghan National Directorate of Security, a local government official told Reuters news agency that the orphanages’ staff and staff from neighboring Pashtun communities had been ordered to leave the building.
The official added that officials from the orphanage had already left the building and were still in the area.
The Afghan government has been locked in a stalemate with the Taliban since late 2014, when the group overran large swathes of the country.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has vowed to rebuild the country’s “national unity” and has said the country will not accept a return to a Taliban era.
The US has imposed sanctions on Iran, the country which supplied the Taliban with weapons and training during the conflict, as part of a broader effort to pressure Iran over its support for the group.
Afghans across the country have taken to the streets in recent weeks, demanding the release of imprisoned Taliban leader Mullah Omar.