Pakistan border guards constructing facilities in Paktia
GARDIZ (Pajhwok): Local security officials on Thursday said a large operation was underway in the Dand Patan district of southern Paktia province to combat militants in the region.
Last Monday, militants attacked several border police posts in the district and took control of some of them. Later, border police and commandos conducted a major operation to retake control of the posts.
Brig. Gen. Abdul Basir Khpalwak, the 202nd Border Zone commander, told Pajhwok Afghan News around 70 rebels were killed and 35 others wounded during the operation.
Khpalwak confirmed the death of five border policemen, including a commander, and injuries to 10 others. He said 500 Taliban militants were aided by 1,000 Pakistani militia personnel.
Some posts had to be abandoned because the number of militants was far higher, but they would be recaptured during the ongoing operation, he added.
A provincial council member, Taj Mohammad Mangal, said the posts captured by militants were occupied by Pakistani militiamen, who had hoisted their own flags there.
The Pakistani militias had also started constructing facilities in the area, he said, without giving details about the nature of the construction
Meanwhile, a security official revealed the Pakistan border guards were targeting Afghan border posts with rockets from Tal area. The source said a large training centre of Pakistani forces was located in the area.
For their part, the Taliban militants claimed capturing five posts and killing a number of Afghan forces in the ongoing battle.
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