5 insurgents killed after botched attack on Nimroz dam
ZARANJ (Pajhwok): At least five militants were killed by security forces after an attack on the Kamal Khan Dam in southwestern Nimroz province, an official said on Sunday.
The dam protection unit commander, Maj. Fazal Ahmad Zori, told Pajhwok Afghan News a group of Taliban stormed the facility in Char Borjak district but faced strong resistance from security forces.
Five of the assailants were killed and two others wounded in the ensuing clash. Security forces suffered no casualties, Zori said, adding some ammunition and weapons were seized.
Char Borjak district Chief Mohammad Nabi said there were enough security personnel deployed to the area and there was no threat of losing security posts.
He added the militants occasionally tried to disrupt the construction process at the dam site but they were always pushed back. The Taliban have not yet commented on the incident.
The dam is one of the important projects in the country, according to local officials, who say it will irrigate 100,000 acres of farmland.
It is designed to produce nine megawatts of electricity, providing work opportunities for 80,000 people.
The first phase of construction has already been completed and the second is 85 percent done. The third and final phase is scheduled to be completed next year.
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