Arms depot found as Dand-i-Ghori combed for militants
PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): Security forces on Saturday found an arms depot containing roadside bombs and ammunition as they continued to search for militants in Dand-i-Ghori area of northern Baghlan province, an official said.
The cache contained 21 anti-tank landmines, as many jerry canes full of explosives, roadside bombs and 12 bags of chemical used in making bombs and other ammunityion, a spokesman for the 209 Shaheen Military Corps said.
Two days ago, security forces captured Dand-i-Ghori, two kilometers from Pul-i-Khumri, from Taliban militants who had climbed mountains near the border with Samangan province in Dehna Ghori district.
They claimed 19 Taliban militants were killed while fleeing and seven injured and three more detained.
Col. Nadir said Niazullah, Akakhel, Arab Tapa, Salangha, Joye Naw and Ahmadzai and all villages in Dand-i-Ghori district had been combed for militants and the hunt went on.
The Taliban, who controlled Dand-i-Ghor for nine months, have so far said nothing about losing control the area.
Hundreds of families have fled their homes during the insecurity in Dand-i-Ghori, a town of an estimated 30,000 people.
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