80 insurgents killed, wounded in Ghazni operation: Governor
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Local officials on Sunday claimed 80 militants have been killed during an operation codenamed Shafaq by Afghan security forces in southern Ghazni province.
Governor Mohammad Aman Hamim said residents firmly stood beside security forces. He said told reporters the Taliban could not fight against the security forces and hence their resort to propaganda that they had captured some areas.
“I assure the people they would be protected by security forces,” Hamim said, adding at least 80 militants had been killed and wounded. Twelve notorious Taliban commanders were among the dead, with security forces suffering eight casualties.
Provincial police chief, Gen. Aminullah Amarkhel said large areas of Ghazni City and districts had been recaptured from the militants, who suffered heavy casualties during the operation. The rebels’ resistance had weakened, he continued.
He urged the people to continue supporting their security forces so they could further improve the situation in the province.
A provincial council member, Hassan Reza Yousufi, acknowledged Ghazni residents had always supported the security forces. He said the government had promised building a township for security forces in the province, but the pledge had not been honoured so far.
On the other hand, residents of the province expressed concern the Taliban would return to the areas cleared during the operation. The fighters had done so in the past, he recalled, they recalled.
Mohammad Omar, an inhabitant of Ghazni City, told Pajhwok Afghan News the security personnel should stay in the areas they had purged of insurgents. The gains made could thus be preserved, he argued.
The Taliban have not yet commented on the offensive, but they claimed inflicting heavy casualties on security forces in different areas of the province. The militant movement, however, gave no specific figures.
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