10 rebels dead as anti-militants operations underway
JALALABAD/MAZAR-I-SHARIF/ KABUL (Pajhwok): At least ten militants have been killed and 18 others wounded during clearing operation on the outskirts of Pachiragam district in eastern Nangarhar province, an official said Saturday.
Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News at least 13 armed men and 32 others suspects were arrested during the operation late Friday.
Taliban in a statement claimed foreign and Afghan security forces were conducting operation in Pachiragam district against civilian. The insurgent group claimed several civilians had been detained by the security forces.
Separately, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) claimed arresting would-be suicide bomber and a recovering huge arms cache in central Logar and southeastern Paktia provinces.
Abdullah, known as Ali, was planning to carry out a suicide attack in Gardez, the provincial capital, had been detained with explosive-laden car, the NDS said.
The spy network claimed recovering explosives including 25 mortars and rockets in Mohammad Agha district of Logar province.
Elsewhere, security officials of northern Balkh province said a gigantic anti-insurgents offensive would be initiated in nine northern provinces to improve the security situations.
Deputy police chief Col. Abdul Razzaq Qadari told reporters that the offensives aimed at smashing foreign and local fighters’ hideouts.
He said the offensive had been planned by the Afghan security officials without the cooperation of foreign troops.
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