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12 Taliban killed, 8 arrested in separate Helmand incidents

12 Taliban killed, 8 arrested in separate Helmand incidents

Aug 31, 2016 - 19:32

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Eight Talibaninfo-icon militants who recently returned from Pakistaninfo-icon have been arrested in southern Helmand province, an official said on Wednesday.

Police Chief Brig. Gen. Aqa Noor Kentoz told Pajhwok Afghan News the detained militants had recently crossed into Afghanistaninfo-icon to lead the conflict in Helmand’s Garamser district.

Their plan was to attack the district centre and security check-posts, but all their plans were foiled with their arrest, he said.

Kentoz said the arrested militants had been handed over to security officials for interrogation.

Separately, 12 Taliban were killed during clashes with security forces in Marja district on Tuesday. Kentoz said an offensive against insurgents was underway and so far 400 landmines had been defused.

Also the Helmand-Kandahar highway has been closed against traffic over the past few days, landing residents in great trouble.

The Taliban have not yet commented about these incidents.



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