Fresh troops sent to troubled Helmand parts: Sarjang
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Fresh troops have been deployed to different parts of southern Helmand province, but some security problems remained, officials said on Tuesday.
The reinforcements have been sent to Sangin and Khanshin districts and their deployment would positively impact security there, Helmand police chief, Brig. Gen. Abdul Rahaman Sarjang, told a press conference here.
“We have prepared plans for maintaining security in several areas of the province and the plans will be implemented soon” he said, adding that the Afghan forces on the ground had air support from foreign counterparts.
At least 10 Taliban fighters were killed and 13 others wounded on Monday night as a result of clearing operations by security forces in Greshk district and Babaji locality of Lashkargah, the provincial capital, Sarjang said.
However, governor’s spokesperson, Omar Zwak, told Pajhwok Afghan News that insurgents had been previously taking advantage of security gaps.
For instance, he said when security forces had been conducting clearing operations in Marja district, insurgents managed to capture some areas of Lashkargah and Greshk district.
“Now as reinforcements had arrived, the insurgents won’t be able to control more areas,” he assured.
A resident of Lashkargah, Abdul Tawab, said there was a clash last night in Lashkargah and people heard gunshots. He asked the government to resolve the security problems of the province.
A Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, confirmed the clash and said at least three policemen were killed.
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