500 militants killed in eastern zone: official
JALALABAD (PAN): The 201st Military Corps soldiers have killed 500 insurgents and wounded 132 others over the past three months in the eastern zone of the country, an official said on Monday.
Maj. Gen. Abdullah, speaking at a meeting of the Defence Commission of the Wolesi Jirga in Laghman, said Afghan soldiers were ready for a tit-for-tat response to Pakistani shelling.
The militants were killed and wounded in Nangarhar, Kunar, Laghman, Nuristan, Kapisa, Parwan and Panjsher provinces, he told the participants, who also discussed the issue of security and problems of Afghan soldiers.
According to the commander, 400 soldiers were conducting an operation in the Alingar district of Laghman province. The offensive will also be extended to the Ghorband district of Parwan, Sarobi district of Kabul, Kamdesh district of Nuristan and Badpash district of Laghman.
Asking commission head Shukriya Barakzai to convey his request to President Hamid Karzai about establishment of a fourth brigade in Nuristan, he said such a step was necessary to ward off the threat to central provinces from rebels, who sneaked from Nuristan.
He also asked Barakzai for more equipment, saying although Afghan soldiers could defend the country, they still needed a strong air force to transfer casualties from one area to another.
Barakzai said the aim of her trip was to assess the security situation, see the areas shelled by Pakistani and visit military institutions.
"We have no tolerance for interference from Pakistan" she said, adding if diplomatic efforts failed, Afghan soldiers had the ability to counter Pakistani incursions.
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