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New operation against Taliban launched in Helmand

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New operation against Taliban launched in Helmand

Oct 20, 2016 - 19:12

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A new major operation has been launched against insurgents in southern Helmand province, a military official said on Thursday.

Maj. Gen. Wali Mohammad Ahmadzai, the 215 Maiwand Military Corps commander in Helmand, and Bost Zone police commander Brig. Gen. Mohammad Hakim Angar made the announcement at a press conference here.

Gen. Ahmadzai said the operation codenamed “Qahr-i-Maiwand” was launched last night from Shnah village of Nad Ali district and 15 militants were captured alive.

He said the security forces also confiscated arms, ammunition, a vehicle and two motorcycles from the detained militants.

He said the spy service special unit, commando forces and police 444 unit had also conducted raids in Lashkargah’s Godar, Muhajiro and 601 road areas, killing three militants.

The military official said the insurgents could no longer make advance and they would be driven from areas they had captured gradually.

Bost zone police commander Angar said air raids, night raids and ambushes were being carried out as part of the Operation Qahr-i-Maiwand. He said such operations had good results.

He said during the past two days of the operation, the insurgents were caused heavy casualties, but provided no figure.

To a question, Angar said security forces had the plan to prevent the insurgents from sneaking into Lashkargah and further advances by the rebels had been blocked.

Though security officials say they have put in place effective security measures to prevent the rebels from entering Lashkargah, clashes in several areas of the city are underway and have disturbed the life of local people.

A tribal elder in Lashkargah, a resident of Sangin district, Ghulam Jan Aka said the Talibaninfo-icon could not advance further, but the government should resolve problems within.

Local residents said dozens of Taliban militants arrived in Bolan area last night, the government has so far taken no action against them.



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