3 militants killed, several suspects arrested
KABUL (PAN): Three Taliban militants were killed, four injured and several other suspects, including kidnappers, detained in a string of security operations in Ghazni, Zabul, Kapisa and Herat provinces, officials said on Tuesday.
A huge amount of weapons, ammunitions and drugs were also seized in the operations. In Kapisa, three insurgents were killed and four others injured in Joibar, Jalukhil and Yatiman areas of Tagab district on Tuesday, the district chief, Abdul Hakim Akhunzada, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Separately, four suspects were detained with weapons and ammunitions by intelligence operatives in Qalat, the capital of southern Zabul province, said the governor's spokesman, Sharif Nasiri.
Eight Kalashnikovs, two walkie-talkies, 10 magazines, a gun and some ammunition were recovered from the detainees, he said. The detainees worked for a private security company, the official said, without going into details.
On Monday, two Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were injured in a roadside bombing in Mizani district, the governor's spokesman said. The injured were shifted to a health facility.
In southern Ghazni, five people were held with 150 bottles of alcoholic beverages, five kilograms of hashish and three kilograms of opium in the Nawabad area of Ghazni City, the provincial capital, said the police chief, Brig. Gen. Zarawar Zahid.
Separately, 10 kidnappers were detained in 5th, 6th and 8th police districts of the western city of Herat and Injeel district of the province, police chief Brig. Gen. Syed Agha Saqib told a news conference.
He said the detainees belonged to Rabat Sangi and Ghorian districts and some of them had confessed to their involvement in the abduction of a trader named Ghulam Sakhi Zurmati.
A police official, wishing anonymity, said Zurmati was released after spending two months in captivity and paying $50,000 in ransom.
Police said the gang had been involved in kidnapping three employees of a demining company and a resident of Herat two days ago in Ghorian district.
Elsewhere in the province, four illegal gunmen were arrested by police in Chasht-i-Sharif district, police spokesman Noor Khan Nikzad said. More than 50 kilograms of explosives, 5 vehicles, 12 weapons, police uniforms and ammunitions were seized from their possession, he added.
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