Khas Uruzgan road reopens after 3 months
TARINKOT (Pajhwok): The Khas Uruzgan highway has been reopened for civilians and security forces after remaining closed for three months in central Uruzgan province, an official said on Thursday.
Deputy provincial police chief Col. Rahimullah told Pajhwok Afghan News Taliban militants had planted landmines on the road and kept it blocked for three months against commuters and security forces.
As a result, food prices increased and medicine shops ran out of stocks, creating problems for local people, he added.
Rahimullah said at least 20 militants and two policemen were killed and eight others rebel fighters captured alive during a three-day search operation by security forces in the area.
After the successful military operation, the road was reopened on Wednesday night, the police official said, adding that three civilians were also killed during the operation.
Karimullah, a driver, said he did not face any problem on the highway, but fighting in some areas had been ongoing.
The Taliban have so far not commented on the road’s reopening.
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