Police capture militants HQ in Farah
ZARANJ (PAN): A militant hub was destroyed and 10 villages cleared of insurgents in the western province of Farah, officials said on Monday.
The two-day operation was conducted by the Afghan National Police and Afghan National Army in Push-i-Rod district, provincial police chief, Brig. Gen. Syed Mohammad Roshandil, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
The Taliban planned and launched their attacks on security personnel in Pusht-i-Rod and Khak-i-Safaid districts from a hub in Saj area, he said. The militants had been based in the area for nine years, but they were forced out on Sunday evening, he said.
There were no casualties on either side during the operation, he said.
Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, claimed they killed four policemen and injured seven others in a remote-controlled bomb blast in the district. A police vehicle was also damaged, he said.
Roshandil, however, denied the claim. He said they had defused 12 roadside bombs in the area which had been planted by Taliban.
"It is good that the government is now in control of the area. If the government does not implement reconstruction schemes, people will not cooperate with the government," a tribal elder in Saj, Mohammad Azam, said.
The basic problem of people are unemployment, no irrigation canals and poor quality roads. Reconstruction projects would give work to residents and improve their standard of living, he said.
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