Security posts to be increased in Khogyani zone
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Several areas have been cleared of militants as a result of an ongoing operation “Iron Triangle” in the Khogyani zone of eastern Nangarhar province.
Dozens of militants have been killed during the operation launched last week in the zone that encompasses three districts namely Hesarak, Sherzad and Khogyani, security officials told a joint weekly press conference at the Governor’s House in Jalalabad, the provincial capital.
Deputy police chief (administration) Col. Amir Khan Lewal said the operation that was started in Khogyani’s Memla area had reached Sherzad district. He said the operation was successful because many areas had been cleared of militants.
He said the operation was launched after provincial officials cited security concerns to travel to these districts. So far 25 militants had been killed or wounded, the official said.
“The operation is aimed at improving security in the area, driving militants, destroying their possible safe havens and also targeting criminals and drug smugglers,” Lewal said.
He said security posts would be increased in areas cleared of militants for the sake of durable security in the Khogyani zone.
Afghan National Army’s 201 Selab Military Corps official Col. Jan Mohammad called the “Operation Iron Triangle” as a success.
He said the troops had detected and defused hundreds of landmines securing a number of roads and routes.
First deputy head at the National Directorate of Security (NDS) Gen. Bismillah Khan Farahi said more than 70 militants were killed during the outgoing week in coordinated airstrikes by foreign forces and various operations by Afghan security forces.
He said seven militants, including an Islamic State and Taliban commander Hayatullah had been arrested in Jalalabad during the period. Last night, he said, they arrested four Taliban militants in the Ghanikhel district.
Besides detecting landmines, NDS officials confiscated 150 kilograms of explosives over the past one week, preventing terrorist incidents, the intelligence official said.
To a question by this scribe, Farahi said clashes between Taliban and Islamic State fighters were still continuing in the Shinwari zone, but on low scale.
Brig. Gen. Wali Khan Shinwari, the 301 zone border police commander, told the press briefing that there were clashes between Taliban and IS militants last night in Gorgori and Haroon Baba areas of the Haskamena district.
“The two groups are fighting each other in the Nazian district and periodically clash in Patan and Gargai areas of the Achin district.”
The security officials like the past week again said the clashes between the two groups had been taking place away from government-controlled areas amid increased airstrikes by foreign forces targeting both the sides.
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