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LASHKARGAH/SHARAN (Pajhwok): At least 27 Taliban have been killed and ten others wounded in a military offensive launched by Afghan security forces in the Sangin district of southern Helmand province, an official said on Tuesday. Fifteen rebels... read more
LASHKARGAH/GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Officials in southern Helmand on Sunday claimed arresting a group of targeted killers who were involved in killing individuals for 50,000 rupees. Two targeted killers and as many their collaborators had been... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The bride who was injured and whom marriage was devastated by a rocket strike in southern Helmand province has succumbed to her injuries in hospital, a local elder said on Friday. Several mortar rounds hit a house where a... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Six Afghan National Army (ANA) service members have been detained for investigation in connection with a rocket strike that killed more than two dozen wedding guests and injured nearly 50, mostly children and women, in southern... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Taliban insurgents launched a group attack on an Afghan military base formally housing British troops in southern Helmand province on Thursday evening, the military said.The attack on Camp Bastion was repulsed by Afghan... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Police claimed on Sunday seizing an explosives-laden car in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province.Police spokesman Col. Farid Ahmad Obaid told Pajhwok Afghan News the car was seized on Saturday evening when a... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The border police chief for southern Helmand province escaped unhurt a suicide attack in Lashkargah, the provincial capital, on Wednesday, an official said.The incident took place at 6:20am today morning when a car bomber... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Security forces pushed back hundreds of militants after they launched coordinated attacks on their posts in Khanshin and Garamsir districts of southern Helmand province, the governor said on Saturday.A large number of militants... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): With the completion of construction work, a 30-bed hospital costing $10 million has been handed over to the 215th Maiwand Military Corps for an official said on Friday.Gen. Farooq Parwani told Pajhwok Afghan News on that the... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The Taliban insurgents have launched a recruitment drive in the northern district of southern Helmand province, forcing locals to swell their ranks, a military official said on Tuesday.Gen. Ghulam Farooq Parwani, deputy... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Fighting in the Sangin district of southern Helmand province has so far claimed 900 lives, leaving over a thousand others injured, officials said on Monday.Governor Muhammad Naeem said though most of attacking militants had... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A provincial council (PC) candidate, a religious scholar and two others have been killed during separate security incidents in southern Helmand province, officials said on Tuesday.A provincial council runner and two other... read more
 LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The Afghan National Army (ANA) on Saturday claimed killing six armed militants during an operation in southern Helmand province.A statement from the 215th Maiwand Corp said that the operation, which was launched in Sangin... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Fourteen rebels were killed and eight others wounded during a clash in the Marja district of southern Helmand province on Thursday, an official said.A group of rebels stormed police check posts in Sistan and Vansi areas in the... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The National Directorate of Security (NDS) has dispatched edible and non-edible items to war-affected and displaced families of southern Helmand province.Deputy Governor Ahmad Masood Bakhtawar told journalists on Wednesday the... read more
 LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The newly-appointed provincial police chief said on Tuesday the fighting in Sangin district of southern Helmand had prolonged because of weak command and negligence.Brig. Gen. Juma Gul Himmat told a news conference: “I... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): At least 11 militants were killed and two others wounded during a series of operations in the Sangin district of southern Helmand province on Tuesday, officials said.Almost 60 roadside bombs were seized in the Shakar Shila area... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): One civilian was killed and three others wounded when gunmen attacked a passenger bus in southern Helmand province on Sunday morning, an official said.The incident took place at around 4:00 am in Nahr-i-Saraj area on Helmand-... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The melon yield has considerably increased in southern Helmand province this year, an agriculture official said on ThursdayActing Agriculture Director Roohullah Rawan linked the boost to favourable climatic conditions and... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): At least 18 militants, including a commander, were killed during a clash in Nawzad district of southern Helmand province, an official said Wednesday.District Chief Sayyed Murad Sadat told Pajhwok Afghan News that 18 Taliban,... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Following deteriorated security situation in southern Helmand province, the Ministry of Interior has increased in the strength of Afghan Local Police (ALP) in volatile Sangin and Musa Kala districts to ward off terror threats.... read more
LASHKARGAH, KANDAHAR (Pajhwok): Eight militants, including two civilians, have died during different clashes in parts of southern Kandahar and Helmand provinces, a statement by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Sunday.Six militants... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Defence Minister Bismaillah Mohammadi on Thursday said he would send more troops and weapons to Sangin district of southern Helmand province to tackle security related problems in the volatile district.Mohammadi, who arrived in... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) on Saturday urged the Taliban not to prevent relief supplies to the displaced families from Sangin district of southern Helmand province.The call was made by Asadullah Mayar, ARCS head in... read more
GHAZNI CITY/LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Two security forces men and nine rebels were killed in separate incidents in southern Ghazni and Helmand provinces, officials said Saturday.Militants shot dead an official of the National Directorate of Security (... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Calling for a massive military operation to vanquish militants, tribal elders on Friday said the government had failed to prevent clashes in the Sangin district of southern Helmand province.The elders from Sangin, who visited... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): As many as 90 militants have been killed and 57 others wounded during two days of separate clashes with security forces in the capital and Khanshin district of southern Helmand province, officials said on Friday.Hundreds of... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Public Health Minister Dr. Suraya Dalil on Thursday visited victims of the clashes in Sangin district being treated at the civil hospital in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province.She said about 380 people injured... read more
LASHKRGHAH (Pajhwok): Police chief of southern Helmand province said militants had been pushed back in the fierce battle but landmines planting by rebels had slowed down advancement of security forces.Brig. Gen. Abdul Qayyum Baqizoy expressed these... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A day after officials announced Taliban’s coordinated assaults on Sangin district of southern Helmand province had ended, residents on Saturday claimed the rebels had once again intensified their attacks.On Friday, the Helmand... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Heavily armed militants are retreating as a result of a counter-offensive by Afghan security forces in the Sangin district of southern Helmand province, an official said on Friday.Brig. Gen. Baqizoy, the provincial police chief... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The governor on Thursday claimed Pakistani forces were fighting alongside Taliban militants against Afghan security personnel in the Sangin district of southern Helmand province.Mohammad Naeem, who met tribal elders from the... read more
LASHKARGAH/MAIDAN SHAHR (Pajhwok): Six civilians and 14 insurgents, including two Pakistanis, have been killed during clashes in different parts of the country, officials said on Thursday.Eight militants, including two Pakistanis, were killed during... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The ongoing fighting in the Sangin district of southern Helmand province has spread to three northern towns, officials said on Wednesday.The four-day clashes in Sangin have resulted in heavy casualties among civilians, security... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The ongoing clashes between security forces and hundreds of heavily armed militants in the Sangin district of Helmand province have so far displaced more than 3000 families, officials said on Tuesday.A day earlier, local... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Four days of clashes between security forces and heavily armed militants in the Sangin district of southern Helmand province have so far claimed 55 lives, officials said on Monday.The dead included 21 security men, 10 civilians... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Gunbattles between police and insurgents in the Sangin district of southern Helmand province entered the third consecutive day on Sunday. Ten fighters and two policemen have been killed so far.Fierce clashes have been ongoing... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Ballot boxes from 13 polling centres in southern Helmand province have been quarantined, an official of the electoral watchdog said on Saturday. Rahim Gul Alikhel, the IECC chief for Helmand, told Pajhwok Afghan News they... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Eleven people were killed and 10 others wounded in separate security incidents in southern Kandahar and Helmand provinces, an official said on Saturday.One security official was killed and two others, including one civilian,... read more
KABUL/LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Three International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers were killed in an improvised explosive device attack in southern Afghanistan on Friday, the alliance said.One ISAF canine also died in the attack, the NATO-led... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): No anti-polio vaccination campaign could be launched in parts of southern Helmand province over the past three months due to lack of cooperation from residents, health officials said on Thursday.An official at the Public Health... read more
LASHKARGAH/TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): Residents of southern Helmand and central Uruzgan provinces on Thursday urged presidential candidate Dr .Abdullah to respect their votes.The call came at a gathering attended by civil society members, tribal elders and... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Two employees of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and a policeman were gunned down when militants attacked a convoy transferring ballot boxes in southern Helmand province on Monday, the provincial police chief said.Maj... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) director in southern Helmand province alleged the police chief for Greshk district was involved in massive rigging for Dr. Abdullah Abdullah.Qudratullah Naqshbandi accused Lt.... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Governor of southern Helmand province Gen. Mohammad Naeem said on Saturday the voter turnout would be higher in the runoff election than the first round of April 5.He told Pajhwok Afghan News polling began at 7:00 am and people... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The governor of southern Helmand province vowed government employees failed to demonstrate neutrality in the election process would be sacked from their jobs.Maj. Gen. Mohammad Naeem Baloch said this in a meeting held to review... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Thousands of armed militants have been planning to disrupt the presidential runoff vote in southern Helmand province, but Afghan forces have adopted all necessary measures to thwart their evil designs, an official said on... read more
LASHKARGA/KABUL (Pajhwok): At least six security personnel and a civilian were killed and two policemen wounded in a clash and bomb blast in southern Helmand province, an official said on Wednesday.The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said in a statement... read more
LASHKARGHA/GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Five security forces and 32 militants were killed during clashes in southern Helmand and Ghazni provinces, an official said on Monday.The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said in a statement three Afghan National Army (ANA... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Three attackers, as many policemen and a government official were killed as a group attack on the headquarters of Greshk town in southern Helmand province came to an end on Monday, an official said.Three heavily armed... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Helmand police chief on Sunday said ISAF commander in the southwestern zone had promised enhanced support in training the police force in southern Helmand province.Maj. Gen. Abdul Qayyum Baqizoy told reporters in Lashkargah,... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Power supply to Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, has been halted for the last three weeks due to a technical fault in one of the turbines at the Kajaki hydropower dam, an official said on Sunday.Eng... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A suicide attacker rammed his explosives-laden car into an Afghan National Army (ANA)’s check-post in the Greshk district of southern Helmand province on Friday afternoon, an official said.The attack took place in the... read more
PUL-I-KHUMRI/LASHKARGHA (Pajhwok): Three public order police, two militants, including a would-be suicide bomber, were killed in separate incidents in northern Baghlan and southern Helmand province, officials said on Thursday.Insurgents shot dead... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The traditional annual mushaira (poetry session) -- titled Helmand River -- was held in the capital of the southern province, an official said on Sunday. Representatives from the Ministry of Information and Culture, poets... read more
LASHKARGHA (Pajhwok): One civilian was killed and five others, including two children, were injured in a bomb blast in the Marja district of southern Helmand province on Saturday, an official said.Police spokesman Abdul Ahad Chopan told Pajhwok... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A well-attended seminar on education and history of Helmand province was held in Lashkargah on Friday. Speakers highlighted the importance of the province.Ghulam Nabi Farahi, deputy minister of information and culture,... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR/LASHKARGHA (Pajhwok): Nine militants have been killed and a dozen wounded in separate clashes in southern Helmand and central Maidan Wardak provinces, officials said on Thursday.Four militants were killed and another wounded during gun... read more
LASHKARGHA/PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): At least 22 people -- mostly militants -- were killed and dozens, including policemen, injured in a fresh bout of violence in southern Helmand and central Logar provinces, officials said on Wednesday.Eleven militants... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Three children were killed following a rocket attack in southern Helmand province, an official said on Monday.The incident took place in the Shawol area of Nad Ali district late on Sunday, the governor’s spokesman, Omar Zwak,... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): As many as 1,400 recruits completed a three-month military training course in southern Helmand province, an official said.Those graduating from the Shorab base are employees of the Afghan National Army’s 215th Military Corps,... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Another three policemen were killed under mysterious circumstances in the Marja district of southern Helmand province on Wednesday morning, an official said.Unidentified gunmen entered a police post and fired at those on duty... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Seven policemen have been killed mysteriously in the Sangin district of southern Helmand province, an official said on Monday.A government official, who did not want to be named, told Pajhwok Afghan News the policemen were... read more
KABUL/LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Twenty-one armed rebels were killed, 12 injured and three arrested during separate operations by security forces in various parts of the country, officials said on Saturday.Coming hard on the heels of the commencement of... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Two children and five people have been killed during a blast and a clash in southern Helmand province, an official said on Friday.The children were killed by the roadside bomb they were planting in Greshk district at the... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): At least 10 militants have been killed and three others arrested during separate incidents in Helmand, Herat, Maidan Wardak and Ghazni provinces since Tuesday night, officials said on Wednesday.Helmand police spokesman Col... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Two policemen were killed and a civilian injured in an insider attack in the Marja district of southern Helmand province, an official said on Thursday.The policemen were killed when they traded gunfire after a verbal clash, Col... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The High Peace Committee head for southern Helmand province on Monday urged former jihadi leaders to shun past differences so that their children avoided inheriting them.Haji Fazl Bari Fayaz echoed the call while addressing a... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Officials in southern Helmand province on Sunday hoped more people would turn out to cast their votes in a second round election than the first round, when elaborate security arrangements had been put in place for their... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Officials on Wednesday said they were wrapping up an anti-poppy campaign in southern Helmand province without achieving the target.They said they had been set the target of destroying the illicit crop on 10,000 hectares of land... read more
LASHKARGAH/KUNDUZ (Pajhwok): The dead body of a Taliban’s shadow governor for neighbouring Kandahar province has been found in the Garmsir district of southern Helmand province, sources said on Monday.The Kandahar governor’s office in a statement... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Southern Helmand province has been promoted into grade-A province in compliance with a presidential decree and a Cabinet decision, the governor has announced.The province’s promotion was celebrated a day earlier at a gathering... read more
LASHKARGAH/ASADABAD (Pajhwok): At least 45 ballot boxes have been quarantined in southern Helmand province, while a vote recount of 10 ballot boxes is underway in eastern Kunar province, officials said on Thursday.Regional Independent Election... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Local Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials in southern Helmand province on Tuesday began recounting of votes cast at 16 polling centres after complaints of fraud, an official said.IEC chief in Lashkargah, the... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Governor Mohammad Naeem on Tuesday said the much-delayed third turbine at the Kajaki hydropower dam in southern Helmand province would be made operational in a year’s time.Presiding over a meeting on the dam’s construction,... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The Taliban killed four construction workers and two government employees they had kidnapped earlier, officials in southern Kandahar province said on Monday.Kandahar police spokesman Col. Abdul Ahad Chopan said the bodies of... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Journalists and civil society activists in southern Helmand province on Saturday said fraud attempts in the April, 5 elections would plunge the country into crisis and chaos.University lecturers, journalists and members of... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Inaugurating a newly-built school in the Greshk district, Governor Mohammad Naeem on Thursday said efforts were being made to construct buildings for schools having no structures in southern Helmand province.The governor said... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Development work to implement 112 development projects as part of the stability program in southern Helmand province has been expedited, an official said on Wednesday.Mohammad Umar Qanai, the rural and development director,... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Sixteen rebels were killed and 13 others wounded during separate cleanup operations in southern Helmand province, an official said on Tuesday.Rebel commanders Mullah Syed Ahmad and Agha Muhammad were killed along with six... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): With the exception of Nawzad and Musa Kala districts, ballot boxes from all parts of southern Helmand province have been transferred to Lashkargah, the capital, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) said on Monday.IEC... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Saturday received 16 complaints against local warlords and polling staff in southern Helmand province.IECC Director Rahim Gul Alikhel told Pajhwok Afghan News the... read more
AIBAK/LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Security forces detained on Friday 10 suspected rebels planning large-scale attacks on Election Day in northern Samangan and southern Helmand provinces, officials said.Mohammad Ikram Bekzad, the Samangan police chief,... read more
ASADABAD/LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): At least eight militants, including a notorious commander, were killed in a drone strike in eastern Kunar province, the police chief said Thursday.Abdul Habib Sayedkhel told Pajhwok Afghan News the missile attack by... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The police chief for southern Helmand province on Wednesday said elections staff, equipment and other logistic material had been transferred to northern districts of the province.Maj. Gen. Abdul Qayyum Baqizoy told journalists... read more
PUL-I-ALAM/LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Nine militants have been killed and five others wounded in separate incidents in southern Logar and Helmand provinces, officials said on Tuesday.The National Directorate of Security (NDS) chief said six militants and... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Foolproof security measures have been adopted throughout southern Helmand province to conduct peaceful and transparent elections, security officials said Tuesday.The views were expressed in a high-level meeting, attended by... read more
LASHKARGAH/GHAZNI (Pajhwok): At least six people, including two children, have been killed and four others injured in separate incidents in southern Ghazni and Helmand provinces, security officials said on Monday.Syed Murad Sadat, administrative... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Five Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers and four militants have been killed in separate security incidents, officials said on Sunday.The soldiers were killed in different parts of the country over the past 24 hours, a... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Five Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers and four militants have been killed in separate security incidents, officials said on Sunday.The soldiers were killed in different parts of the country over the past 24 hours, a... read more
ASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Most residents of the Greshk district in southern Helmand province on Sunday complained they had neither received their voter cards nor had proper awareness about the elections process.Ahmad Jan, a resident of the district, told... read more
ZARANJ (Pajhwok): The governor and police chief for southwestern Nimroz province on Friday escaped unhurt in an armed attack.Governor Amir Mohammad Akhundzada told Pajhwok Afghan News they came under attack on their way from Zaranj to Dilaram... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A newly-constructed building for the police support centre in the Karez area of Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand, was inaugurated on Wednesday.Having 47 blocks, the US-funded project that cost $23 million has been... read more
LASHKARGAH/ASADABAD (Pajhwok): Separate gatherings were held in on support of presidential runners Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, Zalmai Rassoul, Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf and Gul Agha Sherzai in Helmand and Logar provinces on Wednesday. Hundreds of... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Five armed rebels and two border police members were killed in a clash in the Khanshin district of southern Helmand province on Tuesday, an official said.The incident took place in Sra Qala area late in the morning when the... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Hundreds of kilograms of drugs were recovered by police following a five hours clash in the Khanshin district of southern Helmand province, officials said on Monday.Border police official Col. Hamidullah Siddiqui said the drugs... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Hundreds of policemen on Monday completed an election security course in southern Helmand province. Presidential and provincial polls are slated for April 5.Addressing the passing-out ceremony, Training Centre Commander Abdul... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Presidential contender Dr. Zalmai Rassoul on Sunday pledged bolstering security across the country and increasing power-generating capacity of the Kajaki dam in southern Helmand province.Addressing a campaign rallies here, he... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Six militants were killed in a blast and a police fire when they were planting roadside bombs in the Nawzad district of southern Helmand province, officials said Friday.Four militants killed and a fifth was wounded on Thursday... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Six civilians, including two women and two children, died inside a car that struck a roadside bomb in southern Helmand province, an official said on Friday.The victims were travelling in Shahban area of Musa Qala district on... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Thirteen people, including three civilians, were killed during separate incidents of violence in southern Helmand province on Thursday, police said.The civilians were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the Deh... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The Nad Ali district chief in southern Helmand province on Thursday said the security situation in his town had improved after a security operation that enabled security forces to protect polling stations and prevent poppy... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): At least 13 militants and three Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were lost to a battle that saw the forces recapturing a Taliban-controlled area in southern Helmand province, officials said Sunday.The clash broke out during... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Two campaigners for presidential contender Gul Agha Sherzai were injured on Sunday in a gun attack in southern Helmand province, an official said.The governor’s spokesman, Omar Zwak, told Pajhwok Afghan News the two were... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Nine civilians, including women and children, were killed when the two cars they were travelling in hit a roadside bomb in southern Helmand province, an official said on Sunday.Another eight civilians were wounded in the... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Two children were killed and three others sustained injuries when a rocket allegedly fired by Taliban insurgents hit a house in southern Helmand province, an official said on Thursday.The incident took place in Sarchina area of... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Hundreds of people held two separate gatherings in southern Logar province on Tuesday announcing to support presidential contenders Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Dr. Zalmai Rasoul.A huge gathering held in the provincial capital... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Nearly 100,000 hectares of land has been brought under poppy cultivations in southern Helmand province this year, indicating a record surge, an official said Tuesday.The cultivation of poppy crop increased this year as... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Officials said on Monday Taliban insurgents have been driven from their strongholds in several towns of southern Helmand province as a result of an ongoing military operation.The operations are underway in Nawa, Musa Qala,... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Growing targeted killings in southern Helmand province sent shock waves among residents and security officials in the area, locals and an official said Sunday.Provincial reforms council member, Abdul Ahad Masomi, told Pajhwok... read more
LASHKARGAH/JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Twenty armed rebels, including six Pakistanis were killed and six others injured during two separate operations in southern Helmand and eastern Nangarhar provinces, officials said on Sunday.The 215 Maiwand Military... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A large number of people, including women, on Saturday attended gatherings held separately in southern Helmand province in support of presidential contenders Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Dr. Zalmai Rassoul.The gatherings were... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Four foreign troops were injured during a suicide attack in the Nad Ali district of southern Helmand province, an official said Saturday.The bombing took place on a vehicle of foreign troops close to their base in Shavol Manda... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Presidential contender Mohammad Shafiq Gul Agha Sherzai has promised he will strive hard to ensure peace, expedite development projects in the country and specifically build the Kajaki power dam if he wins the April 5 ballot.... read more
LASHKARGAH/KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Residents of southeastern Khost and southern Helmand provinces on Thursday held gatherings to pay tribute to the 21 Afghan National Army (ANA) troops killed during Sunday’s Taliban attack in eastern Kunar province.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The governor has claimed Pakistani Taliban militants have been sneaking into southern Helmand province to assist their Afghan comrades in the fight against government forces.Gen. Mohammad Naeem was addressing a meeting involving... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Militants gunned down an officer of National Directorate of Security (NDS) and wounded another in a fresh bout of targeted killing in southern Helmand province, official said Wednesday.Col. Abdul Ahad Chopan, provincial police... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Leading presidential runner Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Wednesday said he would take serious steps to bring about peace and stability to Afghanistan if elected as president in the April elections.Addressing a rally of... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A dozen militants have been killed during two separate security operations in southern Helmand and Kandahar provinces, officials said on Tuesday.In Helmand, four rebels were killed and three others injured during an operation... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A bomb blast left three students dead and as many injured in the Marjah district of southern Helmand province, official said Tuesday.Dr. Shafiq Solhamal, the district chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News the explosion occurred in a... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The British-led Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in southern Helmand province on Monday formally handed over all its affairs to the Afghan government.A ceremony in this regard in Lashkargah, the provincial capital, was attended... read more
SHARAN (Pajhwok): Four boys, including two sons of the Tarwa district chief have been killed in two separate attacks in Paktika and Helmand provinces, officials said on Monday.Abdul Ghani Paktin, a provincial council member, told Pajhwok Afghan News... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Unidentified gunmen shot dead the labour union head in southern Helmand province on Monday, an official said.The governor’s spokesman, Omar Zwak, told Pajhwok Afghan News Khudai Mir stayed as a guest with a friend in Sapyano... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Wheat has been cultivated on 100,000 hectares of land this year in southern Helmand province, agriculture department officials said on Sunday.Agriculture Director Roohullah Rawan, in an inclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A Taliban commander has been killed in a NATO airstrike in the Garmser district of southern Helmand province, police said on Sunday.Police spokesman Col. Abdul Ahad Chopan, speaking to Pajhwok Afghan News, identified the... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Three new turbines are set to be added to the Greshk dam in southern Helmand province to increase its power-generating capacity to 4.8 megawatts, an official said on Thursday.Eng Faizullah, the water and energy director, told... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Four insurgents were killed and as many others wounded during an overnight NATO airstrike in the Nawzad district of southern Helmand province, an official said on Tuesday.The air raid took place in the Dana area, where a group... read more
LASHKARGAH/ASADABAD (Pajhwok): A dozen militants have been killed and four others wounded in separate clashes with police in Kunar and Helmand provinces, security officials said on Saturday.Kunar police chief Brig. Gen. Abdul Habib Syedkhel told... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The Taliban are running training camps in districts near the Pakistan border in southern Helmand province, police claimed on Wednesday.They said Taliban’s training camps and hideouts of drug smugglers were operational in Deshu... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Two separate gatherings were held in support of presidential candidates Zalmai Rassoul and Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf in southern Helmand province on Wednesday.The gathering in support of Rassoul, held in Lashkargah, was attended... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A female Afghan police officer from southern Helmand province has been stabbed to death by armed rebels in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province, an official said on Tuesday.Sergeant Rabia had been... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Seventeen militants and one army personnel have been killed and five rebels wounded during separate incidents in southern Helmand and eastern Laghman provinces, officials said on Monday.In Laghman, nearly a dozen insurgents,... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The ongoing wet spell, closing key link roads in a number of districts, has left seven people dead in southern Helmand province, an official said on Friday.Omar Zwak, the governor's spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Police on Wednesday said they were ready to provide security for presidential and provincial council candidates campaigning in southern Helmand province.Police chief Gen. Mohammad Hakim Angar told a meeting police and army... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Eight militants have been killed during a clash with police in southern Helmand province, an official said on Friday.One local policeman was also killed and two others were injured in Thursday's gunbattle that erupted in the... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Three Danish soldiers were hospitalised on Thursday with injuries sustained in a suicide attack in southern Helmand province, officials said.Omar Zwak, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the bomber attacked the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Ten armed rebels and a policeman were killed and 20 others injured during an operation in the Sangin district of southern Helmand province, the army said on Thursday.The 215th Maiwand Military Corps said 71 jerry cans of explosives... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Six rebels have been killed and seven others injured in separate security incidents in southern Helmand province, an official said on Wednesday.The militants were killed during an Afghan National Army (ANA) and police operation... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Six armed rebels and a moneychanger have been killed in separate incidents of violence in southern Helmand province, official said on Tuesday.Three militants were killed by the explosives they were planting in THE Qari Sadi... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Six civilians were killed and more than a dozen others wounded in a roadside bombing in southern Helmand province, an official said on Sunday.The casualties happened in the newly-created district of Naw Amesh in the evening... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The governor of southern Helmand province on Sunday scotched rumours that some northern areas had been overrun by militants.Governor Mohammad Naeem expressed these views at a meeting with Helmand police chief Brig. Gen.... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): An International Security Assistant Force (ISAF) aircraft is being repaired after it conducted a precautionary landing in the Nawzad district of southern Helmand province, officials said on Sunday.On Saturday, the alliance said... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A vaccinator was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in the Marja district of southern Helmand province, officials said Saturday.The 16 years old vaccinator was killed in the Siniali area of the district late on Friday, the... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Afghan radio journalist Noor Ahmad Noori was laid to rest in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, after a funeral ceremony on Friday noon, a day after his body with stab wounds was found in a bag.Noori, a... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A radio reporter has been found dead under mysterious circumstances in southern Helmand province, officials said on Friday.Noor Mohammad Noori, who worked for the Bost Radio, was found dead by police on the outskirts of... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Fourteen rebels, including a commander, were killed in a blast caused by their own explosives in the Nawzad district of southern Helmand province, an official said Wednesday.The explosion took place in Inzar Shah area on... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Three members of a family have been killed by Afghan Local Police (ALP) forces in southern Helmand province, officials said on Tuesday.Earlier, security officials mistakenly reported the three civilians were killed by Taliban... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A dozen militants and half a dozen civilians have been killed in separate incidents of violence in southern Helmand province, officials said on Sunday.The militants were killed during an ongoing operation in Nawzad district to... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A 320-metre bridge, which was partially destroyed by Taliban insurgents with explosives, has been repaired in Greshk district of southern Helmand province, officials said on Saturday.Deputy Public Works Minister Noor Gul Mangal... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A newly-built military installation for the Afghan National Army (ANA)’s 215th Maiwand Corps has been inaugurated in southern Helmand province.The facility, which cost $37 million and took two years to complete, was inaugurated... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Three suicide bombers and one policeman were killed during a brazen attack on a police station in the capital of southern Helmand province late on Thursday, an official said.The three bombers stormed the police compound in... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A 10-year-old girl, forced by her brother into carrying out a suicide bombing, surrendered to police in southern Helmand province, an official said on Monday.The girl turned in herself to the sixth border zone police in Khanshin... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Two women and three men were killed when a Taliban-fired rocket hit a passenger car in the Greskh district of southern Helmand province, an official claimed on Sunday.The civilians were on their way to Sangin district when the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Construction work on a recreational park has been launched in the capital of southern Helmand province after demolition of shops that were illegally built, officials said on Sunday.The demolition of shops came in compliance with a... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Food items stolen from the education department are being openly sold in the bazaar of the capital of southern Helmand province, residents claimed on Saturday.Ajmal, who lives in Lashkargah, told Pajhwok Afghan News he himself had... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Coal gas has killed three people and wounded a fourth at a mosque in the Sangin district of southern Helmand province, an official said on Wednesday.Aged 12-16, the victims were seminary students, who burnt coal to warm their room... read more
LASHKARGAH/KANDAHAR CITY (PAN): Four militants were killed in a blast caused by their own explosives and a woman and a child sustained injuries in a separate roadside bombing in southern Afghanistan, officials said on Tuesday.The four insurgents... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The Helmand Transport Department’s revenue has increased by 44 percent in 2013, compared with last year, local officials said on Sunday. Director of Transport Abdul Ghafoor Tokhi told Pajhwok Afghan News his department’s... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Six people of a family have been burnt to death in a blaze caused by petrol in southern Helmand province, health officials said on Thursday.Dr. Nisar Ahmad Barak, the Bost Hospital head, told Pajhwok Afghan News the incident... read more
KANDHAR/LASHKARGAH (PAN): One civilian has been killed and three others wounded in two separate explosions in southern Helmand and Kandahar provinces, officials said on Thursday.A child was killed and another wounded when his handcart struck a... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers and Taliban jointly patrol areas in the Sangin district of southern Helmand province, residents and elders say -- a claim rejected by authorities.Sangin Community Council Secretary Syed Wali told... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The southern Helmand has around 16 different mines of precious and semi-precious stones but growing lawlessness has provided a renewed impetus to its illegal excavation and smuggling, an official said.Esmatullah Shams, provincial... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Four police officials and two militants were killed during a clash in Musa Qala district of southern Helmand province, an official said Friday.A group of armed militants stormed a police check-post in Yatimsi area last night and... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): One policeman has been killed and four others injured when a suicide bomber targeted a police check post in Marjah district of the southern Helmand province, an official said Thursday.Fawad Askari, provincial police spokesperson,... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): At least two civilians were killed and 10 others wounded in a landmine blast in Marjah district of southern Helmand province on Tuesday, an official said.The incident took place at around 12: 00pm when a police ranger struck a... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Eleven people, including five civilians and a policeman have been killed and eight others injured in separate violence related incidents in southern Helmand province, officials said on Sunday.Five civilians, including a child have... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Officials of some provincial departments and youth in southern Helmand province say they have little access to the Internet and urge the government to make operational a fiber-optic network finished a year ago.Ahmad Shah Pasoon,... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Two women and a tribal elder have been killed in separate incidents of violence in southern Helmand province, officials said on Wednesday.The two women were killed on Tuesday night in the Taliban-controlled Charchob area of Barak-i... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Sunday said 12,000 individuals, including 2,000 women, had received voter registration cards in the Greshk district of southern Helmand province.IEC chief for Helmand, Qudratullah... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Thousands of refugee families, returning from neighbouring countries, have been distributed land plots in compliance with a presidential decree in southern Helmand province, an official said on Wednesday.Director of Refugee Affairs... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A district police chief was killed and his bodyguard wounded during a clash in southern Helmand province on Wednesday morning, a security official said.Wishing anonymity, a source in provincial police told Pajhwok Afghan News the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A commander was among four insurgents killed and five others wounded during a joint army-police operation in the Nawa district of southern Helmand province on Monday, an official said.A Helmand-based commander of the 215th Maiwand... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): District police chiefs received a training on how to combat poppy cultivation in southern Helmand province during a three-day workshop that concluded here on Wednesday.Nawa district police chief, Col. Ahmad Shah, who attended the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond on Monday said his country would decide on pulling out troops from Helmand province after the signing of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between Kabul and Washington.Hammond expressed... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN) Seven insurgents and a policeman have been killed in a clash in the Greshk district of southern Helmand province, a security official said on Sunday.Saturday's clash was triggered by a militant attack on Afghan police and soldiers... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Four insurgents were killed in a blast caused by their own bomb in the Greshk district of southern Helmand province on Saturday, an official said.The four were planting roadside bombs in Yakhchal area when one of went off... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Twenty-seven tonnes of drugs have been torched in the capital of southern Helmand province, the world’s largest opium producer, authorities said.Ministry of Interior official Khalilullah Bakhtiari told reporters in Lashkargah late... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Due to a shortage of female staff, the election commission could register a small number of women voters ahead of next year’s polls in southern Helmand province, an official said on Thursday.Helmand Independent Election Commission... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Denmark’s Minister for Development Cooperation Christian Friis Bach on Tuesday promised his country would continue assistance to Afghanistan beyond 2014, when most international combat troops would leave.At a meeting with the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Government officials on Sunday said the security situation could further deteriorate in southern Helmand province if poppy cultivation was not curbed.District chiefs, who attended a gathering in Lashkargah, the provincial capital,... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): No sincere peace efforts have been made so far, with the reconciliation process staying hamstrung, tribal elders and religious scholars in Helmand complained on Friday.During a meeting at the Helmand Tribal Affairs Department, they... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Police in southern Helmand province confiscated a truck loaded with 300 sacks of pulses, which had been stolen from the education department of southern Ghazni province, an official said on Thursday.Police had prior information... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Acting on an intelligence report, police have unearthed another factory producing low-quality petroleum in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, officials said on Wednesday.Police raided the factory late on Tuesday... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Intelligence agents unearthed a factory producing low-quality diesel and arrested its workers in the capital of southern Helmand province, an official said on Monday.Omar Zwak, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Training Afghan National Police (ANP) would be useless unless their commanders were not trained professionally, a security official said on Sunday.Lt. Col. Abdul Hamid Zafarkhel, head of a police training center in southern Helmand... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): More than a dozen insurgents have been killed in two separate security operations in southern Helmand province, security officials said on Friday.At least 10 fighters were killed during clashes touched off by attack on Afghan army... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A young couple, believed to be lovers, have been found beheaded after they eloped in southern Helmand province, an official said on Wednesday.The woman, a resident of Nawa district, and the man, a resident of Bolan area of... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The governor on Sunday claimed nearly 21 insurgents had been killed during separate clashes with security forces during Eidul Adha holidays, when several terrorist attacks were foiled.Mohammad Naeem told a press conference in... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Security forces destroyed a jail run by Taliban insurgents and set free seven civilians held hostage at the facility on charges of cooperating with the government in southern Helmand province, an official said on Sunday.The... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Three policemen, including an officer, were killed in a car suicide attack in the Greshk district of southern Helmand province on Wednesday, an official said. The incident took place around 9.am when an explosives-laden car hit a... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Three policemen, including an officer, were killed in a car suicide attack in the Greshk district of southern Helmand province on Wednesday, an official said.The incident took place around 9.am when an explosives-laden car hit a... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Taliban have once again besieged the strategic Musa Qala district of southern Helmand province in a bid to mount pressure on the government, a security official said on Sunday.The official, who declined to be named, said the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The United Kingdom has renewed its commitment to supporting Afghanistan, specially the southern province of Helmand, beyond the 2014 end to the current International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) combat mission.British... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Government officials on Wednesday blamed the deteriorating security situation on a high rate of unemployment in southern Helmand province, saying 65 percent people have no jobs.Economy Director Nisar Ahmad Zuhaib told Pajhwok... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Twenty-five militants were killed after they stormed security posts of public order police in southern Helmand province last night, an official claimed on Monday.The heavily-armed insurgents stormed checkpoints between Nawzad and... read more
LASHKARGAH/GHAZNI CITY (PAN): Security forces thwarted a possible terrorist attack by seizing an explosives-laden car and detaining the driver in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, the governor's office said on Monday.The militant... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A determined Bibi Zuhra says she will not stop raising her voice for women’s rights despite hardships being created by her male colleagues and the threats posed by insurgents.The 50-year-old, who is the only female in the 41-member... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A suicide bomber detonated his explosives near the police headquarters in the Marja district of southern Helmand province on Sunday, killing an officer and injuring two civilians. Omar Zwak, the governor’s spokesman, confirmed... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The ongoing insurgency is taking a heavy toll on education in the Sangin district of southern Helmand province, local officials said on Friday.Of the 17 schools across the district, only 14 are functional, according to Sangin... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A 14-member insurgent group reconciled with the government in southern Helmand province as a result of joint efforts by intelligence officials and peace negotiators, the governor said on Tuesday.Mohammad Naeem told reporters at the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The Sangin district chief says unrest in the town has prolonged due to “interference from irresponsible government officials and politicians.”During an exclusive interview, Habibullah Shalani told Pajhwok Afghan News the meddling... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Residents of the troubled Sangin district in southern Helmand province say their lives are threatened by landmines the Taliban have emplaced in their homes.Clashes between armed insurgents and Afghan forces in Sangin began around... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Up to 18 militants were killed during a bomb explosion and clashes with police in southern Helmand province, officials said on Monday.The blast that took place in Dizor area of Musa Qala district on Sunday night left seven... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops have come under attack in southern Helmand province, an official said on Friday.Omar Zwak, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the foreign soldiers were attacked... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The Sangin district of southern Helmand province has been cleared of insurgents as a result of a security operation, the governor’s house said on Thursday.Forty militants, including foreign terrorists, were killed in the three-day... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Three policemen were killed and seven others wounded, including a commander, during infighting in the Khanshin district of southern Helmand province on Wednesday, an official said.The clash erupted in the district police... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Officials in southern Helmand province say 27 fighters have been killed in Tuesday’s fighting in Sangin district, but the Taliban reject the claim as baseless.Security forces regained control of Garmab and Pozaki areas as a result... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): One football player was killed and three others were wounded in a traffic accident in southern Helmand province, officials said on Monday.The players represented the Greshk Club that won an eight-team soccer tournament last night,... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A female police officer, who came under attack from unidentified gunmen in Lashkargah on Sunday, has succumbed to her injuries, an official said on Monday.Nigar, the women police chief in Helmand, breathed her last at the Emergency... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A female police officer was wounded in an attack by unidentified gunmen in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, on Sunday morning.Nigar was seriously injured in the attack that happened on the way to her office... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A senior human rights official on Thursday said 52 civilians have been killed in violence-related incidents in southern Helmand province over the past five months.Afghanistan Human Rights Commission chief for Helmand, Mohammad... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Eighteen insurgents and four civilians, including a woman, were killed during separate incidents in southern Helmand province, officials said on Wednesday.The  insurgents were killed during an operation in Bustanzo area, where... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Five civilians were injured when a bomb-rigged motorcycle was detonated in the capital of southern Helmand province on Tuesday morning, an official said.The blast in Bolan area was aimed at a passing police vehicle, the governor’s... read more
 LASHKARGAH (PAN): Three children were injured when a bomb-rigged motorcycle went off in the Garamser district of southern Helmand province on Friday, an official said.The blast took place before noon in a cattle market in the district’s centre... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Gunmen shot dead a school teacher and injured his friend in the Sangin district of southern Helmand province, an official said on Friday.Sattar Khan, who taught at the Sarwan Kala primary school, was walking with a friend on... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Twenty-five insurgents have been killed during clashes with police in the Greshk town of southern Helmand province, an official said on Sunday.The clashes broke out a day earlier in Malkgir area after around 300 armed rebels... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Residents on Saturday staged two separate demonstrations against and in support of the municipality department in southern Helmand province.The anti-municipality rally was attended by around 200 people, who had gathered in a... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A dozen civilians were killed when the vehicle they were travelling in struck a roadside bomb in southern Helmand province, an official said on Saturday.The explosion happened in the Garmaw area of Sangin district late on Friday,... read more
LASHKARGAH/GHAZNI CITY (PAN): Thirty-six guerrillas have been killed in an air raids and a string of clashes in southern Afghanistan, officials claimed in Friday.Foreign forces conducted airstrike in different areas of Marja district in Helmand... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Residents of the Nawa district in southern Helmand province on Thursday urged President Hamid Karzai to translate his promises into action regarding execution of development projects in the town.Karzai, who visited the district... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Three Afghan National Army soldiers were killed and four others wounded in a suicide bombing in the Nad Ali district of southern Helmand province on Wednesday.The car bombing targetted an ANA post in the afternoon, Mohammad Lal, in... read more
LASHKARKAG (PAN): A bomb attack, targetting a convoy of foreign forces, killed three civilians and wounded 15 others in southern Helmand province on Wednesday noon, officials said.Omar Zwak, the governor's spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The Milan-based NGO Emergency has opened five well-equipped healthcare branches in insurgency-affected districts of southern Helmand province, an official said on Thursday.Public Health Director Dr. Inayatullah Ghafari told Pajhwok... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Development schemes worth $3 million would be executed in the districts where poppy crops were not grown last year in southern Helmand province, the governor promised on Wednesday.Gen. Mohammad Naeem told a gathering in Lashkargah... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Residents of southern Helmand province are increasingly taking part in the voter registration campaign for the April 5 presidential and provincial council elections, an official said on Wednesday.Independent Election Commission (... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Carpentry and marble factory officials on Tuesday alleged that marbles were being smuggled from southern Helmand province and mines there destroyed by Pakistanis.The Pakistanis had long been smuggling marble and damaging the mines... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Five civilians were killed and three others wounded during a roadside bombing in the Marja district of southern Helmand province on Saturday, an official said.The casualties occurred early in the morning when the vehicle the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The deputy governor has acknowledged most departments were involved in administrative corruption in southern Helmand province, where land-grab incidents went unchecked.Ahmad Massoud Bakhtawar told Pajhwok Afghan News corruption was... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Officials and tribal elders warn if the government does not adopt effective measure to establish its writ in the Nawzad district, insecurity could spread to other parts of southern Helmand province.  Haji Wali Muhammad Khan, a... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The police chief of southern Helmand province on Wednesday survived a suicide attack that left half a dozen people wounded, an official said.The bomber crashed his explosives-packed motorcycle into the motorcade of Brig. Gen.... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Hundreds of people on Saturday took to the streets in southern Helmand province, asking President Hamid Karzai to reinstate Mujtaba Patang as interior minister in defiance of the Wolesi Jirga decision.Around 500 people, who took... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Border police on Friday seized more than 90 kilograms of opium in southern Helmand province, known as Afghanistan’s drug capital.Col. Abdul Ahmad, an official of the 6th border police headquarters, said the opium was recovered in... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Amid conflicting reports, officials said 13 Taliban were killed or injured in the Greshk district of southern Helmand province.But militants, rejecting official claim, said eight government forces’ personnel were killed during a... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): At least four civilians and a policeman were killed and five others wounded during separate bombings in southern Helmand province, officials said on Saturday.The civilians were killed when the vehicle they were traveling in struck... read more
LASHKARGAH/MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): At least 51 Taliban militants have reportedly been killed during separate incidents in southern Helmand and central Maidan Wardak provinces, officials said on Saturday.An ISAF airstrike pounded four vehicles carrying... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Increasing insecurity in southern Helmand province have led to a rise in casualties among Afghan National Army (ANA) troops and police, an official said.Syed Malook, a 215th Maiwand Corps commander, acknowledged the security... read more
 LASHKARGAH (PAN): Two policemen were killed and three others wounded during a roadside bombing in the Garmser district of southern Helmand province on Wednesday afternoon.The casualties occurred when a police vehicle struck the roadside bomb... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN) Six security personnel and three civilians have been killed and 15 others, including 11 civilians, injured during separate incidents of violence in southern Helmand province, officials said on Saturday.The officials who were killed... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A training centre for nurses was inaugurated in southern Helmand province on Wednesday, the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) said.Helmand Governor Mohammad Naeem, the public health director and other governmental... read more
LASHKARGAH/BAMYAN (PAN): Three civilians and two public order policemen were killed in two separate explosions in southern Helmand province on Thursday. One intelligence operative was wounded in a blast in central Bamyan province.Three civilians... read more
LASHKARGAH/CHAGHCHARAN (PAN): A Taliban commander was among 20 rebels killed in separate security incidents in southern Helmand and western Ghor provinces, officials said on Tuesday.Up to 12 rebels were killed and 20 others wounded late on Monday... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Police shot dead a detained tribal elder after he tried to escape from a jail in the Kajaki town of southern Helmand province, an official said on Sunday.Kajaki police chief, Faizullah Akhundzada, said police had arrested the elder... read more
LAGHKARGAH (PAN): An Afghan National Army (ANA) officer was sentenced to 16 years in jail on the charge of killing a civilian in southern Helmand province, authorities said on Saturday.Mohammad Agha, son of Abdul Talab, an officer of the 215th... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The Haroon Popal Club has won a football tournament in southern Helmand province, an official said on Saturday.Featuring 18 teams, the event got under way at the Karzai Stadium in Lashkargah 70 days, the provincial Olympic... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Writers, poets and culturists in southern Helmand province on Thursday called for the remains of prominent writer Abdul Rauf Benawa to be brought home from the US, where he died in exile in 1987.The call came as a large number of... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Local warlords have seized 150 acres of land belonging to the Department of Education in southern Helmand province, an official alleged on Sunday.The land had been occupied illegally in Lashkargah, the provincial capital, as well... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): British Prime Minister David Cameron, during an unannounced visit to southern Helmand province on Saturday, promised continued assistance to Afghanistan.The visiting British dignitary held out the assurance at a meeting with... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Afghan prisoners currently being held by British troops in a camp in southern Helmand province might be returned to Afghan jurisdiction over the next one week, a senior UK army officer said on Thursday.Lt-Gen. Nick Patrick Carter,... read more
LASHKARGA (PAN): Hundreds of kilograms of opium were seized by police in the southern province of Helmand on Tuesday, an official said.Traffickers wanted to smuggle 360 kg of opium through the Tilghala area of Washer district, but police intercepted... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The Mujahidin Council in southern Helmand province on Saturday voiced its deep concern at widespread administrative corruption and increasing land-grab incidents in the province.The council members said incompetent individuals had... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Hundreds of people on Friday held a gathering in Grishk district of southern Helmand province to condemn a rocket attack from Pakistan into the Maroof district of neighbouring Kandahar province.Women also took part in the gathering... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The police chief escaped unhurt in a car suicide bombing that ripped through his convoy on a main road in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand, injuring three people, an official said.The attacker crashed his explosives-... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Six policemen were mysteriously killed at their checkpoint in the Musa Qala district of southern Helmand province on Thursday, an official said.The victims included two members of the regular police and four of the Afghan Local... read more
LASHKARGAH/SHARAN (PAN): Ten Taliban insurgents have been killed in two separate security incidents in southern Helmand and southeastern Paktika provinces, officials said on Tuesday.The fighters wanted to attack security checkpoints in Talbi, Goband... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Six Afghan Local Police (ALP) members were found dead under mysterious circumstances at their post in the Greskh district of southern Helmand province, an official said on Saturday.A provincial official told Pajhwok Afghan News on... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The fifth death anniversary of journalist Abdul Samad Rohani was observed in southern Helmand province on Saturday.Rohani, who worked for Pajhwok Afghan News and the BBC in Helmand, was killed after being abducted by unidentified... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Nearly 80 Afghan Local Police (APL) recruits have completed a month-long training in southern Helmand province, an official said on Friday.Provincial police chief, Col. Nabi Ilham, told Pajhwok Afghan News the first-ever batch of... read more
LASHKRGAH (PAN): Six civilians have been killed in two separate explosions in the Sangin district of southern Helmand province, authorities said on Wednesday.The individuals, including three women and as many men, were killed in Malazo village in... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Interior Minister Mujtaba Patang on Tuesday alleged insurgent attacks on Afghan security forces in the Sangin district of southern Helmand province were planned in Pakistan.Patang, who arrived in Sangin, met with Afghan forces... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Twenty-four insurgents were killed in clashes with Afghan security forces in the troubled Sangin district of southern Helmand province, taking the death toll for rebels in a week to 100, an official said on Monday.The latest... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A police helpline (119) was activated to prevent crime in the southern province of Helmand, an official said on Sunday.Disruptive activities would fall with activation of the helpline, the deputy police chief, Col. Ghulam Rabbani... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Security forces have besieged a number of insurgents in the Sangin district of southern Helmand province, a senior official claimed on Friday.Government officials say the Taliban, backed by foreign militants, recently launched... read more
SHARAN/LASHKARGAH (PAN): Two commanders were among 19 militants killed in separate security incidents in southern Helmand and southeastern Paktika provinces, officials said on Wednesday.Two fighters were killed by the roadside bomb they were... read more
KABUL/LASHKARGAH (PAN): Intelligence agents detained two kidnappers and rescued a money changer from their captivity during an operation in Kabul, the spy service said on Saturday. Moneychanger Mohammad Zahir kidnapped last week from the 13th... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): As armed clashes between Afghan forces and insurgents continued for a fifth straight day on Friday in the Sangin town, Helmand Governor Mohammad Naeem said the government forces had been able to retake areas overrun by heavily... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN):  Four policemen were killed by a home-made bomb that ripped through their vehicle in southern  Helmand province, an official said on Friday.The incident took place on Thursday in the Kharmakh area of Musa Qala district,... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): As many as 47 insurgents and five policemen have so far been killed during deadly clashes entering a third day on Wednesday in the Sangin district of southern Helmand province, the governor said.Mohammad Naeem told a news... read more
LASHKARGAH/ GHAZNI CITY (PAN): Eight insurgents and a civilian have been killed in two separate incidents in southern Helmand and Ghazni provinces, officials said on Wednesday.Eight insurgents were killed and four others wounded on Tuesday during... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): As many as 26 Taliban insurgents and four policemen were killed during fierce gun-battles entering a second day on Tuesday in southern Helmand province, an official said.Hundreds of Taliban fighters, including foreigners, launched... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Two Taliban fighters were killed and five policemen injured during a clash in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, on Sunday, an official said.The clash broke out in Gudar area after a group of armed rebels... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A poetry session -- “Helmand Seend” -- attended by dozens of poets and writers, was held in the capital of southern Helmand province, officials said on Friday.Poets from different provinces and officials, including members of... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A moneychanger was stabbed to death by unidentified assailants in the Greshk district of southern Helmand province on Wednesday.Agha Wali was killed inside his shop in the district centre in the afternoon, the governor’s spokesman... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A new computerised power billing system has been introduced in the southern Helmand province, officials said on Wednesday.The old billing regime was ineffective in terms of timely payments and public interference in affairs of the... read more
PUL-I-ALAM (PAN): An Afghan Local Police (ALP) officer was killed in a roadside bombing in central Logar province on Tuesday, an official said.The blast took place in the Sarsang area on the outskirts of the provincial capital, Logar police chief,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Six civilians were killed and nearly a dozen others, including two policemen, injured in two separate explosions in southern Helmand province on Tuesday, an official said.Police official Col. Mohammad Ismail Hotak said the first blast... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A suicide bomber was blown up by his own explosives before he could reach a Georgian military base in southern Helmand province, officials said on Monday.The bomber aimed to target Georgian soldiers in the Landi Nava area of Musa... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Around 4500 people completed vocational training courses in southern Helmand province, an official said on Monday.The UK-funded training programmes were implemented in the provincial capital and nine districts of Helmand, Governor... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A district attorney was killed in a roadside bombing in the restive southern province of Helmand on Sunday morning, an official said.Maja district attorney, Mohammad Laal, was killed when his vehicle struck the roadside, the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): After blowing up power pylons in southern Kandahar province, the Taliban have cut off transmission lines supplying power to Lashkargah, the capital of Helmand province, an official said on Saturday.A power utility official... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Eight civilians were killed and wounded when the vehicle they were travelling in struck a roadside bomb in southern Helmand province on Wednesday, an official said.The explosion left three people dead and five others wounded in the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Up to 157 policemen completed a training course in southern Helmand province while 400 candidates appeared in a recruitment exam.Of the 157 policemen, 130 were border policemen who received four-month training from Afghan and... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Contracts for 85 development projects were on Monday signed between the provincial administration and different construction companies in southern Helmand province, officials said.The projects, including 21 education, 18 health, 11... read more
LASHKARGAH/ASADABAD (PAN): More than 30 insurgents have been killed in clashes with security personnel in Helmand and Nuristan provinces, officials said on Sunday.At least 25 fighters were eliminated in Nad Ali and Greshk district of Helmand, police... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A dozen Taliban insurgents were killed in two separate incidents in southern Helmand province while two rebel commanders were eliminated in southeastern Paktika province, officials said on Saturday.Six fighters were killed and two... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Construction work on three projects would be launched soon in southern Helmand province, an official said.The schemes included the construction of Kajaki power dam, a cotton factory and a building for Helmand University, Governor... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A pro-government tribal elder was killed by an unidentified gunman in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, officials said on Thursday.Governor’s spokesman Omar Zwak told Pajhwok Afghan News the elder came under... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The High Peace Council (HPC) head for southern Helmand province was killed along with two security guards in Greshk district on Wednesday, with President Hamid Karzai denouncing the assassination in the strongest of terms. Peace... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The High Peace Council (HPC) head for southern Helmand province was killed along with two security guards in Greshk district on Wednesday, an official said.Peace negotiator Malim Shah Wali’s vehicle hit a Taliban-planted improvised... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): In response to Taliban’s spring offensive, the Public Order Police have launched nighttime operations in southern Helmand province, officials said on Tuesday.Police were conducting the night operations with the cooperation of 404th... read more
KANDAHAR CITY (PAN): Forty-five people were killed and several others wounded in a road crash on the Kandahar-Helmand highway on Friday morning, officials said.The head-on collision occurred when a passenger bus ploughed into a fuel tanker in the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Six policemen and two insurgents have been killed in separate security incidents in southern Helmand province over the past 24 hours, officials said on Tuesday.Two fighters and as many policemen were killed during a clash in... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Denmark and India have pledged development assistance to southern Helmand province, an official said on Monday. After visits to the two countries, the governor said he had returned from Denmark with useful good governance and... read more
LAKHKARGAH (PAN): Residents, coming all the way from Marja district, on Saturday protested in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, against seizing a cemetery by powerful individuals.Dozens of Marja dwellers arrived in front of the... read more
LAKHARGAH (PAN): A 10-day football tournament aimed at promoting peace was underway in southern Helmand province, with Helmand beating Farah 4:3 in the opener, an official said on Thursday.Five clubs from southern and western provinces --- Kandahar... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Police raided the house of a woman accused of selling drugs in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, arresting 15 people, including two girls, an official said on Tuesday.The girls were later released by police... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Three members of a family died after inhaling a poisonous gas and smoke produced by a power generator the family used to fetch water from a well in their home in southern Helmand province, officials said on Monday.The deaths in... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Residents in some districts of southern Helmand province suffered financial losses after flash floods swept away their homes and household items, an official said on Wednesday.Heavy rain led to flooding in Sangin, Kajaki, Greskh,... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Five civilians were killed and as many others wounded in a roadside bombing in the Marja district of the southern province of Helmand on Tuesday, an official said.The incident took place at around 1pm in the Shor Shorak area, a... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Eleven Taliban have joined the peace process in southern Helmand province, an official said on Tuesday. Five militants, hailing from the Bost area of Lashkargah, shunned the insurgency after conducting destabilising activities in... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A top police officer on Monday said 8,000 acres of the illicit poppy crop had been eradicated in southern Helmand province, the world’s largest opium-producing region.Security forces were on course to achieve their target of... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Tribal elders from southern Helmand province on Friday asked for the execution of a policeman who allegedly desecrated the Holy Quran and in Musa Qala district earlier in the month.At a meeting with the Helmand governor, nearly 20... read more
 KABUL (PAN): Two policemen were killed when a landmine ripped through their vehicle in southern Helmand province, officials said on Wednesday.The roadside bombing took place in the Tarkha Nawar area of Marja district, where police had launched... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Twenty-nine militants and two Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have been killed in two different incidents in southern Helmand province, officials said on Tuesday.Eighteen rebels and a policeman were killed in a clash during an... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Tuesday announced that some of its service members had suffered injuries in a suicide attack in southern Helmand province.A group of insurgents blew up their explosives-laden... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Two policemen including a commander and a civilian have been killed in different security incidents in southern Helmand province, officials said on Monday.A third wounded when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the Amir Boland... read more
 LASHKARGAH (PAN): One civilian was killed and another wounded in a bomb blast in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, an official said on Monday. The incident took place in the Chalmetri area of the city on Sunday night when... read more
 LASHKARGAH (PAN): Abject poverty and unemployment have strengthened the insurgency in the Kajaki district of southern Helmand province, the town's administrative head said on Monday."If residents are provided with jobs, they will be kept from... read more
 LASHKARGAH (PAN): A woman was killed along with a daughter in an insurgent attack in the Greshk district of southern Helmand province on Saturday morning, officials and residents said.Bound for the provincial capital Lashkargah, the vehicle... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Twelve insurgents were killed by Afghan forces during a search operation in the Tarkha Nawar area of southern Helmand province, officials said on Friday.   A Taliban stronghold for the last five year area, Tarkha Nawa is... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): At least five protestors were killed and seven others, including two policemen, injured after a demonstration against alleged insult to the Quran turned violent in the Musa Qala district of southern Helmand province on Wednesday.... read more
 JALALABAD/LASHKARGAH (PAN): Five peoples suffered casualties in a clash between insurgents and border police in the Lalpura district of eastern Nangarhar province, official said on Sunday.A notorious Pakistani insurgent, Khalid, was killed... read more
 LASHKARGAH (PAN): Foreign troops have detained three members members of the Washer district social council, residents claimed on Saturday.About 100 residents, protesting the arrests in Lashkargah, the provincial capital, called for the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday warned the United States the Afghans would themselves mull over a strategy if the Bagram prison was not handed over completely to his government, renewing his assertion that the Taliban served... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Three women were among seven civilians killed in a roadside bombing and in a Taliban-fired rocket incident in Khanshin and Musa Qala districts of southern Helmand province, officials said on Tuesday.Five people, including a woman,... read more
LAGHKARGAH (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, accompanied by some Cabinet ministers and lawmakers, arrived in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, on Tuesday, an official said.The president reached the city at 11:30am, the official said... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A prominent film actor Nazar Mohammad Majnonyar Helmandi was killed in a NATO airstrike along with three insurgents who had seized the star on suspicion of spying for the government in southern Helmand province, his brother said on... read more
 LASHKARGAH (PAN): A wooden bridge on Kajaki River is on the verge of collapse in the southern province of Helmand, officials said on Wednesday.The 140 metres bridge, built in 1967, was going to cave in, the district chief, Abdul Razzaq... read more
 LASHKARGAH (PAN): The Mayor on Wednesday said his department had completed reconstruction projects, costing $1.5 million, in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province.The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Thirty-nine government departments owe 77 million afghanis in unpaid electricity bills to the power utility in southern Helmand province, a senior official said on Tuesday.Afghanistan Breshna Shirkat chief Mirwais Alami told a... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Six prisoners were injured during a clash with police in the central jail of southern Helmand province on Monday, when two policemen were captured by inmates, an official said.Some political inmates protested against being kept in... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Three policemen and five militants were killed in a clash during a poppy-eradication campaign in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, an official said on Monday. The near-simultaneous gunbattles erupted late... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A huge portion of funds set aside for the rehabilitation of Kajaki dam in southern Helmand province has been spent on funding foreign experts’ salaries, workers claimed on Sunday.Seven years back, the US approved more than $300... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Nearly, 1,170 people, most of them insurgents, were killed in separate security incidents during the ongoing Afghan calendar year in southern Helmand province, an official said.Provincial police chief, Col. Abdul Nabi Ilham, gave... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Three insurgents were killed during a firefight in the Marja district of southern Helmand province, an official said.The clash was touched off by a Taliban attack on security forces during a poppy-eradication campaign in Amir... read more
LASDHKARGAH (PAN): Authorities in southern Helmand provinces on Monday poured scorn on a British newspaper report that likened local security forces to criminals.The daily said Afghan forces in Helmand were involved in murder, sexual abuse of young... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Three civilians were killed and six others wounded when a car struck a roadside bomb in the Marja district of southern Helmand province on Monday, an official said.           ... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A fresh poppy eradication campaign has been launched in southern Helmand province, the world’s largest opium-producing region, an official said on Monday.Up to 1,000 acres of land has been cleared of the illicit crop during the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A Wolesi Jirga member on Wednesday said lower house members influenced 80 percent of appointments to government posts, a practice that violated merit and fair play.    Legislator Habiba Sadat said in an exclusive... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A 26-year-old resident of southern Helmand province, Noor Ahmad, who was released from 45 days in Afghan Taliban's captivity in the southern Pakistani city of Quetta, described the period the most disturbing in his life as he lost... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): More than 1200 kilograms of opium and raw hashish were seized in two separate operations in southern Helmand province, the world’s largest opium-producing region, an official said on Sunday.One thousand kg of raw hashish destined... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A tribal elder was killed during an armed clash in the Sangin district of southern Helmand province, an official said on Wednesday.Haji Mirza Khan was killed in Sarwan Qala area on Tuesday night, when insurgents stormed police and... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Residents of the Khanshin district of southern Helmand province on Wednesday blasted the government for failing to execute development projects in the town after taking its control from rebels four years ago.Ninety percent of... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A dozen Taliban fighters were killed and another 18 were wounded during a police search operation in southern Helmand province, officials said on Monday.The police attacked rebel hideouts on Sunday in a border area of Tarkha Nawar... read more
LAGHKARGAH (PAN): Two women were among six civilians died in a roadside bombing in the Nad Ali district of southern Helmand province, officials said on Saturday.The latest civilian casualties occurred on Friday evening when a private car owned by... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Education Minister Ghulam Farooq Wardak, who called on Wednesday on the Taliban not to disrupt educational process in Helmand, has said new buildings for 35 schools were being constructed at a cost of $6 million in the southern... read more
LAKHKARGAH (PAN): Education Minister Dr. Farooq Wardak on Thursday called on the insurgents to stop causing a disruption of the educational process in southern Helmand province, where 155 schools have been closed for security concerns.Wardak, who... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Governor Mohammad Naeem on Wednesday inaugurated a spring tree-plantation drive aimed at growing this year 550 ornamental grass nurseries, including 350 in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province.Naeem, who planted a... read more
LAKHKARGAH (PAN): The Taliban are running a training camp, with fighters receiving practical guidance, in the Deshu district of southern Helmand province, the governor said on Tuesday.In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Mohammad... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A man, his wife and two daughters were killed when a landmine, the Taliban's weapon of choice, tore through a passenger van in southern Helmand province, an official said on Sunday.The van struck the roadside bomb Saturday evening... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Seven armed insurgents were killed during an ongoing security operation by Afghan forces in southern Helmand province, officials said on Friday.An eighth rebel was detained during the police operation backed by Afghan National Army... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Two people were killed and seven others sustained injuries when a police pick-up crashed into a car in the Nahr-i-Saraj district of southern Helmand province, an official said on Thursday.The collision at around 8pm on Wednesday... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Two bomb planters were among 10 insurgents killed in two separate incidents in the southern province of Helmand, officials said on Thursday.Eight rebels were killed and three others wounded on Wednesday during an operation by... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A newly-constructed building for a juvenile correctional centre was inaugurated in southern Helmand province said on Tuesday, an official.Justice Minister Habibullah Ghalib, addressing the inaugural ceremony for the building, said... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): With the support of the High Peace Council (HPC), 200 residents completed a vocational training course in southern Helmand province, an official said on Monday.The six months tailoring, carpentry, embroidery, painting and curtain-... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A roadside bombing killed three policemen, the fourth deadly attack by insurgents against the force in the past 48 hours, in the southern province of Helmand on Monday, an official said.Another two policemen were injured in... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A dozen armed rebels were killed and another four were injured and some weapons seized by police during a string of operations in southern Helmand province over the past 24 hours, officials said on Sunday.Nine militants were killed... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The government should do whatever it can to reopen schools shut down years before due to insecurity in the Kajaki district of southern Helmand province, residents demanded on Thursday."Over the past four years, the academic... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Kajaki residents on Wednesday demanded the deployment of the NATO-backed Afghan Local Police (ALP) force to the insurgency-prone town in southern Helmand province.The call came amid an ongoing search operation aimed at driving... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Two policemen were killed and a third injured during a roadside bombing in the Nawa district of southern Helmand province, an official said on Wednesday.The blast took place late on Tuesday afternoon, when a police vehicle struck... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A doctor was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, an official said on Tuesday.Dr. Abdul Hadi was killed on the way to his clinic killed by unidentified men on Monday night,... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Police on Sunday said it had delivered weapons to a group spearheading an anti-Taliban uprising in the Nahr-i-Saraj area of Greshk district in southern Helmand province.The local uprising began last week when the insurgents... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): There has been blatant corruption in newly-completed projects, including a multimillion dollars building for a police headquarters, in the Marja district of southern Helmand province, officials acknowledged on Thursday.The police... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Residents of the Nahr-i-Siraj district in southern Helmand province said on Wednesday they had opted for an armed resistance against the Taliban fighters to force them out, appealing the government for weapon supplies.The dwellers... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Two militants were killed and five others wounded during a clash with security forces in the Marja district of southern Helmand province, the governor’s office said on Saturday.Two fighters were captured alive during an operation... read more
 LASHKARGAH (PAN): A large quantity of military equipment being smuggled to Pakistan in the name of scrap was seized in the Greshk district of southern Helmand province, officials said on Tuesday.The equipment, including brand new items, was... read more
 LASHKARGAH (PAN): Four fighters were killed and seven others captured alive in southern Helmand province, officials said on Sunday.The rebels were held during an operation by Afghan Special Forces late on Saturday on the outskirts of Nawzad... read more
 LASHKARGAH (PAN): Ten militants were killed and eight others wounded in two separate operations in southern Helmand province, an official said on Saturday.The operation was carried out by the Afghan National Army (ANA) commando unit in Kajaki... read more
 LASHKARGAH (PAN): About two hundred and forty-five kilograms of opium were seized during an operation in southern Helmand province, an official said on Saturday. The Quick Reaction Force conducted the raid in Nad Ali district, police... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): After the successful conduct of pilot projects, saffron seeds are being distributed to growers in nearly a dozen districts of southern Helmand province, an official said on Friday."Our technical team has successful experiments of... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A large number of tribal elders and residents in southern Helmand province on Thursday blamed constitutional breakdowns in parts of the country on three organs of the government – the legislature, the executive and the judiciary.... read more
 JALALABAD/LASHKARGAH (PAN): Up to 327 police sergeants completed training courses in the southern Helmand and eastern Nangarhar provinces, officials said on Thursday.The 177 sergeants, hailing from Kabul, Kunar, Laghman, Nuristan and Nangarhar... read more
 LASHKARGAH (PAN): Police Thursday claimed seizing hundreds of kilograms of drugs separately in southern Helmand province, the world’s largest opium-producing region, an official said.The narcotics included 480 kilograms of opium and 29 kg of... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Hundreds of kilograms of drugs were seized during separate operations in southern Helmand province, the world’s largest opium-producing region, an official said on Tuesday.The drugs were recovered in Greshk and Marja districts, as... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Officials in southern Helmand province on Monday accused Iranian police of erasing signs of the common border.Border police official, Col. Sultan Mahmud Mahmud leveled the allegation against Iran at a news conference in Lashkargah... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Four militants, including a suicide bomber, were killed in Greshk and Sangin districts of southern Helmand province, an official said on Thursday.Three fighters were killed during a clash in the Nahr-i-Saraj area of Greshk late on... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): About 1,500 acres of land cultivated with opium poppies was eradicated in Garmser district of southern Helmand province, an official said on Tuesday.Despite a drop in the area sown with the illicit crop, poppies were cultivated in... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): All 33 schools in the Garmser district of southern Helmand province have been reopened with cooperation from residents, officials said on Monday.Nearly 8,100 students, including 636 girls, are studying in the schools across the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Hundreds of kilograms of drugs, destined for Pakistan, were seized by counternarcotics police in the Garmser district of southern Helmand province, an official said on Saturday.The cache seized on the basis of an intelligence... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Six armed insurgents were killed in an airstrike carried out by foreign troops in southern Helmand province, an official said on Sunday.The raid was carried in Sragodar area on the outskirts of provincial capital on Saturday,... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Ninety percents of poppy crop is being cultivated in southwestern provinces of the country, an official said on Saturday.The Counternarcotics Minister Zarar Ahmed Moqbal accompanied by some Wolesi Jirga members and foreign... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): About 1,000 Afghan National Army (ANA) recruits of the 215 Maiwand Military Corps completed their training in southern Helmand and would be deployed to different areas to carry out their services.The 215 Maiwand Corps commander Maj... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Four children were killed and three others wounded when an unexploded bomb went off in Sangin district of southern Helmand province on Thursday, said an official.District Police Chief First Lt.Galai told Pajhwok Afghan News that... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The security conditions of Khanshen district in southern Helmand province has improved, but reconstruction works is missing, says an official.Haji Shah Mehmood Mir district chief told Pajhwok Afghan News that they are facing... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Four members of a family were killed during a bomb attack in the Nawzad district of the restive southern province of Helmand on Wednesday, the Ministry of Interior and a local official said.A statement from the ministry said the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Fifteen armed rebels were killed and 18 others detained during an operation in southern Helmand province, officials said on Sunday.The operation, which ended late on Saturday, was launched by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in Marja... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Four people were detained with 114 kilograms of drugs in the Musa Qala district of southern Helmand province, the world’s largest opium-producing region, an official said on Sunday.Provincial police spokesman Farid Ahmad Farhang... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A man in Afghan National Army (ANA) uniform opened fire on British troops in southern Helmand province on Sunday, killing one, officials said.The latest green-on-blue attack took place in Nad Ali district in the evening, a senior... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Construction work on three development projects was launched on Sunday in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, officials said.Governor Mohammad Naeem Khan said two buildings for the third municipality district and... read more
LASHKRGAH (PAN): Pakistan is trying to perpetuate the conflict and install a puppet government in Afghanistan, a Ministry of Interior (MoI) official alleged on Thursday.Lt. Gen. Mohammad Hasan Atmar, in charge of police affairs at the ministry, said... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Two would-be suicide bombers were among nine insurgents killed in separate operations in southern Helmand province, a police officer said on Tuesday.NATO-led troops killed three militants during a raid on a house in the Baba Ji... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Substandard materials are being used in the construction of a 22 kilometres road, linking Lashkargah -- the capital of southern Helmand province -- with Nawa district, officials and residents complain.Work on the United States... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A newly-established private Television station has started trial transmissions in the southern province of Helmand, officials said on Sunday.Dozens of journalists, cultural figures and officials attended the inauguration ceremony... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Officials have opened an investigation of police officers suspected of links to insurgents in the southern Helmand province, an official said on Sunday.The investigation -- part of a reform programme -- was launched after the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Ahead of security transition, many foreign troops have pulled out of the Garmser district of southern Helmand province, an official said on Saturday.Ayub Omar, the district’s administrative head, said the security situation had... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Authorities fear that poppy cultivation and opium trafficking continue to disturb security in the restive southern Helmand province. Governor Mohammad Naeem Baloch told a gathering, held to create awareness against poppy... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Women and children were among 11 civilians killed during two separate explosions in Musa Qala district of southern Helmand province on Wednesday.The Ministry of Interior in a statement said the blast took place at around 9 am in... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Two British soldiers were killed on Tuesday when a man wearing police uniform attack the international soldiers in southern province of Helmand, officials said.The incident took place at noon in Nahr-i-Siraj area of Grishk district... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Three security personnel and a civilian were injured in two different explosions in southern Helmand province on Friday, said an official.Police spokesman Farid Ahmad Farhang said the first blast took place in east of Lashkargah,... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): One policeman and two foreign soldiers were killed during infighting in Greshk district of southern Helmand province, an official said on Thursday.  Police spokesman, Farid Ahmad Farhang said two policemen were performing... read more
LAGHKARGAH/ JALALABAD (PAN): An elder of the Alizai tribe was shot dead in southern Helmand province while five members of a family killed in eastern Nangarhar province, officials said on Monday.The Taliban attacked his father while offering night... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Two pro-government tribal elders were shot dead in a militant ambush in the restive southern province of Helmand, an official said on Saturday.The insurgents gunned down the Sangin district social council members in the Nasozai... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Seven militants were killed in separate security incidents in southern Helmand province, where policemen were poisoned to death, officials said on Friday.The policemen, including their commander, were poisoned to death at a check-... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Seven militants were killed in separate security incidents in southern Helmand province, where policemen were poisoned to death, officials said on Friday.The policemen, including their commander, were poisoned to death at a check-... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Two suspected insurgents were killed by the explosives they were planting on a road in the southern province of Helmand, officials said on Wednesday.One of the bombs exploded near a security checkpoint while another was defused in... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Some farmers of southern Helmand province on Tuesday warned of a return to poppy cultivation if a market was not found for their cotton yield.A member of the Nad Ali district council, Abdul Ahad Helmandwal, asked the provincial... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): An Afghan Local Police (ALP) commander and six Taliban were killed in separate security incidents in the southern province of Helmand, officials said on Tuesday.Three militants and two policemen were injured during a police... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): More than 114 weapons were turned in to Disbandment of Illegal Armed Groups (DIAG) programme of the Ministry of Defence in southern Helmand province on Sunday, officials said.The weapons were seized from militants and an illegal... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Six members of the Afghan Local Police (ALP), including their commander, were killed and another injured in a roadside bombing in the Nad Ali district of southern Helmand province on Wednesday, officials said.The incident took... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Three civilians and a policeman were killed in two separate roadside bombings in the Nad Ali district of southern Helmand province on Tuesday, an official said.The first explosion took place in Luchak area before noon, when a... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): About 700 kilograms of drugs have been seized by the Afghan National Army and police in southern Helmand province, an official said on Monday.Police chief, Col. Abdul Nabi Ilham, told Pajhwok Afghan News that counternarcotics... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Two intelligence agents were killed as a suicide bomber struck a National Directorate of Security (NDS) office in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, Monday afternoon.The bomber crashed his explosives-laden van... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A large number of children are suffering from malnutrition in the southern province of Helmand, with scores under treatment at Bost Hospital, officials said on Sunday.Reasons behind malnutrition include a disregard for birth... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Residents of Nad Ali district on Saturday staged a demonstration against NATO-led troops in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province.Around 100 protestors, including elderly men, accused International Security... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The residents of the Greshk district in southern Helmand province on Wednesday asked foreign forces to stop night-time raids in the district.The oft-repeated call came at a gathering attended by tribal elders, influential figures... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Education and public health department officials in southern Helmand province on Wednesday rejected as inaccurate a media report regarding the closure of schools and health centres built by the UK as part of the military's counter-... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Three policemen, including an officer, were killed during a Taliban attack in the restive southern province of Helmand, authorities said on Sunday.The militants stormed a police checkpoint in Musa Qala district late on Saturday... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A dozen militants were killed and two others captured alive during an airstrike and other security incidents in the restive southern province of Helmand, officials said.An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) warplane... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A child was killed and his mother wounded after being hit by an armoured vehicle of foreign troops in southern Helmand province, where four Taliban militants were killed in an airstrike, officials said on Friday.The family of three... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Two civilians were killed and as many wounded when a bomb-rigged motorcycle went off in a district bazaar in southern Helmand province on Wednesday afternoon, police said.It was a remotely-controlled blast that rocked the bazaar in... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Public health officials on Tuesday set ablaze tonnes of expired food and medicines seized from shops and drug stores over the past three months across the provincial capital of southern Helmand province, Lashkargah.Dr. Mauladad... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Forty-eight armed insurgents were killed during three days of an ongoing security operation in southern Helmand province, an official said on Sunday.The operation targeted militants in Nad Ali, Marjah, Garamsir, Nawa and Sangin... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Five civilians were killed and  7 others were injured during a roadside bombing in the Nawa district of southern Helmand province on Friday, an official said.The civilians were travelling in a passenger van when a mine ripped... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A dozen civilians were killed during a roadside bomb explosion in the Greshk district of southern Helmand province, an official said on Saturday.The explosion took place in the Koh Band area late on Friday, killing 12 civilians,... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Nearly 868 students completed a three months entry test preparation course in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, on Thursday, an official said.Addressing the course completion ceremony at the cultural centre,... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): An officer was among five policemen killed as a result of a roadside bombing in southern Helmand province on Sunday, officials said.The explosion hit a police patrol in the Gramaw area of Kajaki district, a public order police... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Two people were killed and 11 others wounded as a result of separate road accidents in the southern Helmand and southeastern Paktika provinces, officials said on Wednesday.A woman was killed and seven others, including a child,... read more

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