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Security forces retake border town in south

Security forces retake border town in south

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Mar 15, 2011 - 16:58

LASHKARGAH (PANinfo-icon): A joint Afghan-international force on Tuesday retook a district centre from insurgents on the third day of an operation in southern Helmand province, a senior official said.

Behramcha, Desho district centre, and its nearby areas, were cleared of militants, deputy governor, Abdul Sattar Mirzakwal, told Pajhwok Afghan News. The joint force also seized a quantity of narcotics, the official said, but had no report about casualties.

Desho district, which shares a 143-kilometre-long border with Pakistaninfo-icon, is an important route for insurgents sneaking into Afghanistaninfo-icon, Mirzakwal said.

He said permanent security posts would be set up in areas retaken from militants and the border would be sealed to prevent any more incursions.

Mirzakwal said Afghan forces were part of the operation, but an Afghan security official denied Afghans were involved.

The 215th MaiwandMilitaryCorpscommander, Brig. Gen. Mohammad Hakim, told Pajhwok Afghan News their troops did not participate in the operation.

A Talibaninfo-icon spokesman, Qari Yusuf Ahmadi, said the fighters had been putting up resistance to foreign troops since Monday evening. Eight tanks were destroyed in roadside bomb attacks, killing 17 soldiers, he claimed.

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAFinfo-icon) in Kabulinfo-icon said its troops launched an operation in Khanshin district on Monday.

A number of insurgents were killed in the operation, the force said in a statement.

Taliban militants are in control of Baghan and Washer districts of Helmand.

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