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    Bombings, suicide attacks a major problem: Weesa

    KANDAHAR CITY (PAN): Militants had lost their fight face-to-face combat ability with Afghan security forces but bomb blasts and suicide attacks posed a serious problem, the Kandahar governor said at a meeting with a United Nations official on Saturday.

    Head of UN Security Affairs for Asia John Scott, along with other officials of the world body, visited the province on Saturday, Zalmay Ayubi, a spokesman for Governor Toryalai Weesa, told Pajhwok Afghan News after the meeting in Kandahar City.

    Besides holding talks with the governor, the visiting UN official met the provincial police chief, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) chief in Kandahar and the head of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) operational centre.

    The governor briefed the UN official about the security environment in the province and said although the militants could not fight Afghan forces directly, they were creating problems through bombings and suicide attacks.  Afghan and foreign forces were working in better coordination, he added.

    Both police chief Brig. Gen. Abdur Razzaq and NDS Director Col. Issa Muhammad said they were working jointly on security matters and militant activity had decreased.  

    John Scott thanked Afghan forces for protecting UN staff members and promised he would consult relevant officials on several issues discussed with him.

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