17 Sarobi villages cleared of militants: official
KABUL (Pajhwok): Security officials on Thursday said 48 Taliban militants suffered casualties during an ongoing operation “Iron Triangle” and 17 villages were cleared of militants in the Sarobi district of central Kabul province.
Afghan National Army’s 111 Capital Division acting head and “Operation Iron Triangle” technical base chief, Brig. Gen. Lal Jan Zaheer, told reporters on the base in Sarobi that search operations had been underway in various parts of the town.
He said personnel from the 111 Capital Division had started their operation from Sarobi, the 201 Selab Military Crops from Nangarhar’s Hesarak, Sherzad and Khogyani districts and the 303 Thunder Military Corps from the Azra district of central Logar province. As a result, he said, dozens of militants had been killed and wounded so far.
He said the 201 Selab Military Corps had cleared areas in Khogyani, Hesarak and Sherzad from Gandmak area until Dowa Sarkai area and the 111 Capital Division until Taizin and Jagdalak areas, encompassing 17 villages.
“Our forces are in high morale. So far 23 militants have been killed and another 25 wounded besides the confiscation of several weapons and ammunition,” he said, confirming the death of one policeman and injuries to another during the operations.
He said during the Operation Triangle, Taliban and Islamic State fighters in Logar and Nangarhar provinces wanted to find safe havens in Sarobi’s Taizin, Hasan Qala, Kharobi and several other villages, but these areas had already been secured by the Afghan forces. He said the operation would continue into next month.
Sarobi district chief Ghulam Nabi Ishaqzai told Pajhwok Afghan News confirmed many areas in the town had been cleared of militants as a result of the operation. He said reconstruction projects would be launched after the offensive was wound up.
The district chief said the operation was aimed at strengthening security in villages and on highways and protecting mineral deposits.
“There are two important highways --- the Azra-Sarobi and Kabul-Sarobi, but the most important is the ruby mine in Jaldalak area of Sarobi, which the insurgents sometimes illegally benefit from,” he said.
He said after the operation, small bridges, roads, retaining walls and similar projects would be initiated in the district.
Sarobi, which is 60 kilometres east of Kabul city, is a volatile area where security forces often come under attacks from insurgents.
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