40 tonnes of drugs seized, 7 suspects held
KABUL (PAN): More than 40 tonnes of drugs were seized and seven suspected militants were detained during a series of joint operations in southern provinces, officials said on Wednesday.
The operations were conducted in Kandahar, Ghazni and Zabul provinces.
In addition to the drugs, 70 kilograms of explosives and a large cache of weapons were also confiscated in the Panjwai district of Kandahar on Wednesday, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said in a brief statement.
Meanwhile, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) confirmed the seizure of the drugs, saying 400kg of additional hashish was set alight in southeastern Kunar province.
Elsewhere, a prayer leader was among seven people detained on the charge of cooperating with the Taliban in Ghazni and Zabul provinces in separate security operations, officials said.
Five of the suspects were detained in Khasha and Wali Qala areas of Khugyani district, the Ghazni governor’s spokesman, Mudassir Afghan, told Pajhwok Afghan News. Some weapons and ammunitions were recovered from their possession, he said.
A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujid, said the joint forces had arrested local residents.
Meanwhile, the ISAF media office in Kabul said two people loyal to the Taliban had been detained in the Shah Joy district. The detainees, including a prayer leader, were currently under Afghan security personnel custody for investigation, the force said in a statement.
The Shah Joy district chief, Mohammad Sadiq, identified the prayer leader as Ibrahim. However, he said it was not clear whether the allegation against him was true. He had no information about the second detainee.
Abdul Elham, a resident of the area, said they stayed awake all the night due to the noise of helicopters hovering over the area.