Aliens run centre in Badakhshan: Gen. Haider
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Security officials on Saturday claimed international terrorists were being sent to various provinces from their centre in northeastern Badakhshan province.
They said Pakistani, Chechen and central Asian terrorists were fighting alongside their Afghan comrades in the conflict in northern Afghanistan.
Lt. Gen. Ghulam Haider, the 209th Shaheen Military Corps commander in the north, told a press conference in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, that the anti-government armed militants were trying to scatter the strength of Afghan security forces by launching attacks in various parts.
“When we started fierce search and clearance operations in northern Kunduz province, the terrorists started their attacks in Badakhshan and Aqcha district of Jawzjan. This way they want to divide the power of security forces.”
The commander said the opposition forces wanted the fall of at least one province, but they would not succeed in their mission.
So far seven search operations have been launched in various parts of the northern zone since the start of this Afghan solar year that begins on March 22.
Gen. Haider said the operations had been launched against insurgents in Kunduz, Badakhshan, Baghlan, Jawzjan and Samangan. He said the operations were underway in most of these provinces.
So far 240 militants have been killed and 231 injured and the dead and the wounded included foreign terrorists, he said.
The military official said international terrorists were fighting alongside local insurgents in the northern provinces.
He said 55 families of international terrorists consisting of 180 individuals had taken refuge in Badakhshan.
He said the foreign rebels had established their centre in Juram district’s Khostak area from where they were trying to destablise the region.
The foreigners were imparting training in making landmines, suicide vests and other explosives at their centre, he continued.
“These foreign terrorists include Pakistani, Chechen, Tajik, Uzbek and those linked to the Tahir Yuldash terrorist network.”
He said these terrorists sent their men to many provinces for destructive activities. He also claimed a huge terrorist centre had been established in Pakistan’s Chitral district near Badakhshan province.
He said the Chitral centre trained and equipped militants in northern Afghanistan. He said Afghan security forces had completely blocked activities of local and foreign terrorists in northern Afghanistan.
He believed the Afghan forces would emerge victorious from the ongoing fighting season.
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