15 university students rescued from being kidnapped
MAIMANA/ZARANJ (Pajhwok): Security forces rescued 15 university students from being abducted by armed militants following a clash that left two abductors dead and three wounded in northern Faryab province.
Sultan Sanjar, the Andkhoy district chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News Taliban last night closed the Andkhoy -Jawzjan highway in order to abduct 15 Jawzjan university students on their way home in the district. But their attempt was frustrated by security forces who clashed with the armed rebels, killing two of them and injuring three others.
Border police official Col. Ali Muhammad said one policeman was injured during the clash that resulted in the recovery of a RPG launcher, a Kalashnikov and three motorbikes from the Taliban.
Meanwhile, a local policeman and a public order policeman have been killed inside their homes by Taliban insurgents in the Pashtonkot last night, the district chief said.
But a tribe elder Muhammad Ayub said one of the slain men was civilian who had no connection with the government.
In southwestern Nimroz province, security forces seized about 90 kilograms of drugs being smuggled to Iran, an official said.
Col. Amanullah, Maiwand Military Corps commander in Nimroz, told Pajhwok Afghan News the narcotics and 700 RPG rounds, a vehicle and two persons were captured during an operation in Dehmazang area of the Khash Rod district.
Nimroz police chief Brig. Gen. Qasim Janglbagh said the drugs seized included 82kg of heroin and more than five kg of opium, which were destined for Iran.
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