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Pasaband road reopens after 6 months blockade

Pasaband road reopens after 6 months blockade

Sep 21, 2016 - 18:26

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Security forces on Tuesday reopened the road leading to Pasaband district of western Ghorinfo-icon province during an operation, officials said, ending a six-month long blockade.

Maj. Gen. Mohaiuddin Ghori, 207th Zafar Military Corps commander, told Pajhwok Afghan News the road was finally reopened after a joint offensive was launched by Afghan security forces two weeks back.

He said the operation backed by air support resulted in the killing of many Talibaninfo-icon insurgents and injuries to some others.

During the operation, many landmines were defused and the road reconnecting Pasaband with Dolina district, which leads to the provincial capital, was reopened.

Abdul Hai Khatibi, the governor’s spokesman, said more than 30 insurgents were killed and another eight wounded during the offensive.

During the two-week long operation, three security personnel and one Afghan National Police commander were also killed and three others suffered injuries. 

He said the provincial natural disaster management authority had decided to provide victim families with food and non-food items in cooperation with the rural development department.

Hamidullah Mutahid, a member of the provincial council, expressed his happiness over the reopening of the road and said Taliban still existed in some of areas around the Pasaband district.

He asked the government to conduct a massive operation on the outskirts of the district centre to eliminate the threats and prevent more insecurity.

There has been so far no word from insurgents on the reopening of the road. Pasaband district is located 170km south of Feroz Koh city, Ghor’s capital.


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