Vital road reopens for traffic in Sar-i-Pul
SAR-I-PUL (Pajhwok): A road connecting Kohistanat district of northern Sar-i-Pul province with its capital was reopened after one month blockade by Taliban, an official said Saturday.
Due to blockade of the road, the prices of daily use commodities soared three times than their original prices in Kohistanat district.
Sar-i-Pul acting Governor Abdul Jabbar Haqbin told Pajhwok Afghan News that militants were pushed back from the area after Afghan forces launched operation on Friday.
Taliban have blocked the road by placing heavy stones on it but Afghan forces cleared the vital road with heavy machinery, he added.
Last Thursday, first vice-president Abdul Rashid Dostum arrived in Sar-i-Pul province and reached Kohistanat district to purge the locality of rebels.
Reports say that militants fled Kohistanat district center without resisting against Afghan forces last night. But some areas of the district were still under Taliban control.
Haqbin said security operations were underway to completely clear the district. Twenty-eight villages have so far cleared of rebels, he claimed.
Militants, however, did not comment on the incident.
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