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LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): One policeman and four civilians were killed in a suicide car-bombing in southern Helmand province on Monday, an official said. The explosion happened at 4:30pm near the entrance to a security check-post in Lashkargah, the... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A number of residents of this capital city of southern Helmand province on Wednesday alleged the mayor and some other officials had deliberately diverted the flow of rainwater to their homes, a claim rejected by the mayor. A... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Anti-polio campaign officials said on Tuesday Taliban had banned administration of polio drops to children in some districts of southern Helmand province. Provincial health officials said 10 cases of the crippling disease... read more
    LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Police officials in southern Helmand province on Tuesday accused militants and some tribal elders of encouraging farmers to cultivate the illicit poppy crop.   In an exclusive interview with... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Hundreds of Taliban, including Pakistani militants, are preparing to launch a group attack on the Nawzad district of southern Helmand province, a senior police officer said on Sunday.Helmand police chief Brig. Gen. Juma Gul... read more
HERAT CITY/LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok):  More than a dozen insurgents have been killed during an operation by Afghan National Army’s Commando Unit in the Shindand district of western Herat province, an official said on Tuesday.Nasrullah Nasiri, the... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A dozen deminers were killed and several others wounded in the Washer district of southern Helmand province on Saturday, officials said.Police spokesman Col. Farid Ahmad told Pajhwok Afghan News the Taliban attack, but gave no... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The 215th Maiwand Military Corps alleged on Friday fighting in southern Helmand province was dragging on due to brazen interference from a neighbouring country and joblessness.Brig. Gen. Dadan Lawang claimed: “There is a... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Six hundred civilians lost their lives to violence this solar year in southern Helmand province, where thousands of children have been deprived of education, an official said on Wednesday.Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Three policemen were injured on Monday evening when a bomb exploded during a football match in the Nad Ali district of southern Helmand province, an official said.The blast took place on a football ground in the district centre... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A pregnant girl, whose face was badly burnt by acid, has been found dead in the southern province of Helmand, an official said on Monday.Police spokesman Maj. Farid Ahmad Obaid told Pajhwok Afghan News the body was recovered a... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): As many as 33 Taliban insurgents have been killed, 27 injured and 15 others captured alive during separate incidents over the past two weeks in southern Helmand province, police said on Sunday.Deputy provincial police chief Col... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Five policemen and a militant were killed in an armed clash in the Marja district of southern Helmand province, the town’s administrative chief said on Sunday.Capt. Mehar Dil told Pajhwok Afghan News the gunbattle erupted when... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Proper attention has not been paid to arming Afghan National Army (ANA) troops stationed in southern Helmand province, contributing to insecurity there, the deputy governor said.Ahmad Masood Bakhtawar said this while speaking... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Eight soldiers and more than 20 militants have been killed in fighting at the Shorab military base in southern Helmand province, an Afghan National Army (ANA) commander said on Tuesday.  Sparked by a group attack on the... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Residents of the Greshk district of restive southern Helmand province on Friday said the government should focus on strengthening security and eradicating terrorism instead of holding talks with anti-state elements.Locals... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Four Public Order Police personnel were killed on Friday when an explosives-packed vehicle rammed into their post in southern Helmand province.Omar Zwak, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News four policemen were... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): An intense firefight continued between Afghan security forces and militants on Friday, hours after the Taliban launched a group attack on a military base formerly housing British troops in southern Helmand province.Late on... read more
LASHKARGAH/PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): At least 12 militants, including a shadow district chief, have been killed during security operations in southern Helmand and central Logar provinces, officials said on Monday.Logar police chief Brig. Gen. Abdul... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Police said Taliban commanders, who had been released from the Bagram Jail in central Parwan province, currently spearheaded battles against government forces in southern Helmand province.Helmand police chief Brig. Gen. Juma... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Healthcare provision at Boost Hospital, one of only two functioning referral hospitals in south Afghanistan, has improved after being equipped with additional beds, officials said on Wednesday. The hospital in Lashkargah,... read more
LASHKARGAH/JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Three Taliban insurgents were killed and eight others wounded during clashes with security forces in Helmand and Nangarhar provinces, officials said on Monday.The insurgents stormed a police post in the Greshk town of... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): As many as 10 new faces --- young and educated --- have found their way to the 15-member provincial council of southern Helmand province.The April 5 elections were contested by 92 individuals, with 15, including five former... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Residents say they are happy with the withdrawal of British and American troops from southern Helmand province. However, they are concerned about an increase in unemployment and a possible halt to development activities.The UK... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A cricket academy has been inaugurated in the capital of southern Helmand province, paving the ground for professional learning of the game, an official said on Sunday.Afghanistan Cricket Board Chief Executive Officer Dr. Noor... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok):  A fire erupted inside a home during a clash between police and Taliban militants in the Greshk town of southern Helmand province, burning to death three children, an official said on Thursday.Nine militants were killed... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Three policemen were killed in an attack by their guest at a checkpoint in the Marja district of southern Helmand province on Tuesday morning.The attacker was also killed in retaliatory fire from police in Sistani area, a... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The Afghan Breshna Shirkat, the power utility, in southern Helmand province on Sunday accused many state institutions of defaulting on bills worth millions of afghanis.Nusratullah Qane, deputy chief of the provincial department... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Nine people were killed in a suicide car bombing targetting a security convoy in southern Helmand province on Saturday, an official said.A convoy of the Afghan National Army and Public Order Police came under attack in Greshk... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The Naad Ali district chief was killed along with his two bodyguards and six others were wounded in a militant attack in southern Helmand province, an official said Wednesday.Omar Zwak, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A district education officer was killed along with a teacher in a roadside bombing in southern Helmand province on Monday.Omer Zwak, the governor’s spokesperson, told Pajhwok Afghan News Shah Mehmood and the teacher were killed... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Two civilians were killed and a third sustained injuries in a roadside bombing in southern Helmand province on Sunday, an official said.The victims were travelling on a highway in the Kajaki district when the blast took place... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A suicide attacker blew himself up inside the police headquarters of southern Helmand province, killing one police guard and injuring five others on Saturday.Police spokesman Maj. Farid Ahmad told Pajhwok Afghan News the... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A district police chief and his guards escaped unhurt on Friday when a roadside bomb tore through their vehicle in southern Helmand province, an official said.The Nad Ali district police chief, Lt. Marjan Haqmal, was travelling... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The annual revenue of southern Helmand has increased this solar year as compared to the previous years, an official said on Wednesday.Revenue Department head Abdul Rashid Stanikzai told Pajhwok Afghan News the Ministry of... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): At least five people were killed and 19 others wounded on Wednesday when a car bomb went off in the capital of southern Helmand province, an official said.The blast in Lashkargah occurred at around 11am in front of the house of... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Education officials say nearly a million text books and teacher guides have reached southern Helmand province, resolving problems in the education sector to some extent.A spokesman for the provincial Education Department, Abdul... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok):  The state-run Bost Enterprise has launched a campaign to collect and buy 3000 tonnes of harvested cotton from growers in southern Helmand province.The cotton ginning factory head, Haji Sherin Khan, told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok):  Dozens of militants have been killed during airstrikes in the Sangin and Kajaki districts of southern Helmand province, an official said on Tuesday, a claim the insurgents dismissed.The ground and air offensive was... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Residents of southern Helmand province have urged the unity government to bury past differences and strive for change and reforms.Matiullah, a dweller of provincial capital Lashkargah, told Pajhwok Afghan News since the... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Civil society activists in southern Helmand province on Sunday feared the long-awaited power-sharing deal between the two presidential candidates might prove problematic in future.The agreement on the formation of a unity... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A new counter-terrorism strategy has been employed in the ongoing operation in the Sangin district of southern Helmand province, officials said on Thursday.Omar Zwak, spokesman for the governor, told a press conference the new... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (Pajhwok): A young woman was among 21 people killed during separate incidents in Maidan Wardak and Helmand provinces, officials said on Wednesday.The 19-years-old woman was killed late on Tuesday when a mortar shell allegedly fired by... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Security forces recaptured posts from Taliban insurgents during an overnight operation near the headquarters of the Sangin district of southern Helmand province, an official said on Monday.Sangin residents and officials had... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The Child Correctional Centre is yielding promising results in bringing down the juvenile crime graph in southern Helmand province, Justice Department claimed on Saturday.Director for Justice Muhammad Tayeb told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Amirzai Sangin on Sunday said the expanding telecom coverage would help bring down the internet costs.Sangin inaugurated the Salaam 3G internet service and the Noori fiber... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): As many as 81 insurgents were eliminated and their 35 hideouts destroyed during a clearing operation in southern Helmand province, an official said on Wednesday.At least seven security personnel were lost to clashes with... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Security forces repulsed a massive overnight attack by Taliban militants on the headquarters of Musa Kala district of southern Helmand province, an official said on Monday.Helmand police chief Haji Wais Samimi told Pajhwok... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Closed due to insecurity, about 120 schools are being reopened in various parts of southern Helmand province next academic year beginning two weeks later, the education director said on Sunday.Abdul Matin Jafar told a gathering... read more
HERAT CITY/LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga, or lower house of parliament, member Ghulam Farooq Majrooh survived a bomb attack in western Herat province on Tuesday, an official said.The bombing took place in the Gandum Mena area of Ghoryan... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A former National Directorate of Security (NDS) chief for southern Helmand province on Sunday alleged the central government was promoting corruption.Maj. Gen. Muhammad Naeem Momin said the oath-taking ceremony for the new NDS... read more
LASHKARGAH/SHARAN (Pajhwok): Five civilians and six militants have been killed in separate security incidents in southern Helmand and Paktika provinces, officials said Thursday.Helmand governor’s spokesman Omar Zwak told Pajhwok Afghan News four... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Former presidential runner Gul Agha Sherzai’s campaign manager in southern Helmand province was shot dead in Lashkargah on Wednesday evening.Abdul Malik, also a member of the Nawa district social council, was gunned down by two... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The special commander of security forces in southern Helmand province on Wednesday said negotiations had been launched with Taliban insurgents to end the conflict in Sangin district.Gen. Asadullah Sherzad, who was recently... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Twenty-one militants were killed in an airstrike by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in southern Helmand province on Sunday.Lt. Col. Muhammad Rasool Zazai, spokesman for the 215th Maiwand Corps, told Pajhwok... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The administrative chief of Musa Kala district in central Helmand province on Sunday said lack of coordination among security agencies was fuelling insecurity in the town.Muhammad Sharif Khan, addressing a news conference,... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Taliban commanders had reportedly killed their 17 fighters who retreated from the battle in Sangin district of southern Helmand province and moved to safe havens, an official said on Sunday.The 17 guerrillas were executed by... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Five civilians were killed and four others wounded during two separate incidents of violence in southern Helmand province, an official said on Sunday.One member of a family was killed and four others were wounded in a roadside... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Six civilians have been killed and four others wounded in separate explosions in the southern Helmand and Kandahar provinces, officials said Saturday.Six civilians including two women and a child were killed in a roadside... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A Taliban-designated district chief for Sangin district of southern Helmand province was among 20 insurgents killed during an ongoing security operation in the troubled town, an official said on Wednesday.The governor’s... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) alleged on Saturday that authorities were depriving prisoners of their fundamental rights.Bilal Ahmad Siddiqui, the AIHRC chief for southern Helmand province, told a... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Two people, including a policeman, were killed and 18 others wounded on Monday when a suicide bomber targeted a convoy of the Afghan National Police (ANP) in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, an official... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Five civilians and a militant have been killed in separate incidents of violence in southern Helmand province, an official said on Friday.Four people, including two women, were killed when a Taliban-fired missile hit a civilian... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The governor of southern Helmand province on Tuesday said mafia groups were behind rumours about a possible rise in violence in Afghanistan after 2014, when most foreign troops are scheduled to leave.Mohammad Naeem told reporters... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Agriculture and livestock projects would be launched at a cost of 115 million afghanis over the next three months in southern Helmand province, an official announced on Monday.The schemes would be implemented in the provincial... read more
HERAT CITY/PUL-I-ALAM (PAN): New buildings for five schools are being constructed in western Herat and central Logar provinces, officials said on Thursday.The structures in Herat are under construction in Farsi, Kuhansan and Pashtun Zarghon... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Five public order policemen and two civilians were injured in a car suicide bombing on Friday in southern Helmand province, where a major operation against the insurgents was underway, officials said.The bomber detonated his... read more
KABUL/LASHKARGAH (PAN): A group of militants stormed the largest military base of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in the restive southern province of Helmand on Saturday, officials said.Camp Bastion, where mostly British... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Seven civilians were wounded on Tuesday as a result of twin blasts in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, officials said.Two explosives-laden motorised rickshaws exploded at around 9:30am when a convoy of security... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Seven civilians were wounded on Tuesday as a result of twin blasts in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, officials said.Two explosives-laden motorised rickshaws exploded at around 9:30am when a convoy of security... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Fifteen men and two women were found beheaded in a house in the Musa Qala district of southern Helmand province, officials said on Monday.Although there were no immediate claims of responsibility, local officials blamed the Taliban... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Ten Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers manning a security post were killed in a Taliban attack in the Washir district of southern Helmand province, officials said on Monday.The incident took place in Grazan area on Sunday night.... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Six people were killed and 27 others sustained injuries when the bus they rode on overturned along a highway in southern Helmand province on Friday, officials said.The 303 bus taking passengers from western Herat province to the... read more
JALALABAD/LASHKARGAH (PAN): Nearly 250 people sustained injuries in various traffic accidents in eastern Nangarhar and southern Helmand provinces during Eid holidays, officials said on Wednesday.Of the injured, 200 were brought to Nangarhar Civil... read more
KUNDUZ CITY/LASHKARGAH (PAN): A local police commander was among three people killed in an insurgent attack in the northern province of Kunduz, officials said on Wednesday.Commander Juma Gul and one of his guards were killed when a group of armed... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Two people were killed and 10 others wounded when bombs hidden in graves in a cemetery exploded in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, on Sunday, police said.The explosives were planted on three graves and... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The governor’s spokesman on Wednesday downplayed Water and Energy Minister Mohammad Ismail Khan’s excuse that a third turbine at the Kajaki dam could not be installed due to insecurity in southern Helmand province.Khan has told the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The Taliban are trying to create an atmosphere of mistrust between Afghan and NATO-led forces, the Helmand police chief claimed on Saturday.Hours after of the killing of six US troops in Sangin and Garmser districts by individuals... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Three International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers were killed when a local policeman opened fire on them in southern Afghanistan, the alliance said on Saturday.“According to current reporting, an Afghan working on an... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Six civilians were killed and five others injured during a roadside bombing in southern Helmand province on Friday, an official said.The explosion took place in the Dehzor area of Musa Qala district at around 9am when a Corolla car... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Police on Monday arrested guarantors of the local police personnel who defected to the Taliban in southern Helmand province, the governor’s office said on Monday.A day earlier, nearly a dozen local policemen, including a commander... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Three Afghan soldiers were killed and as many wounded during an insurgent attack in the Musa Qala district of southern Helmand province, officials said on Monday.On their way to security checkpoints, the soldiers came under attack... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Eleven members of the local police force, including a commander, surrendered to Taliban insurgents in the Musa Qala district of southern Helmand province, officials said on Monday.Commander Mohammad Khan also turned in 11... read more
LASHKARGAH/GHAZNI CITY (PAN): A young girl was killed in a bomb blast while three militants were killed in an operation in southern Helmand province, officials said on Monday.Three fighters were killed and a militant detained in Grishk district of... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Nearly 379 people, including civilians, security officials and militants, were killed or wounded in incidents of violence, particularly roadside bombings, in southern Helmand province over the past two months, police said on Sunday... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The British prime minister, during an unannounced visit to southern Afghanistan, met troops from his country and local security officials in southern Helmand province on Wednesday.David Cameron, who flew into Lashkargah at the head... read more
LASHKARGAH/KABUL (PAN): Nine Afghan National Army (ANA) troops and seven insurgents were killed during an overnight clash in the Washer district of southern Helmand province, the governor’s office said on Wednesday.The heavily armed rebels attacked... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A man was killed and 10 others were wounded in a bomb attack in the Sangin district of southern Helmand province, an official said on Tuesday.The blast occurred on Monday evening in the main district bazaar, where an explosives-... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A gunman wearing an Afghan police uniform shot dead three British soldiers at point-blank range at a checkpoint in southern Helmand province, the British Ministry of Defence confirmed on Monday.Two soldiers serving with the 1st... read more
LASHKARGAH/PUL-I-ALAM (PAN):  Four civilians were killed when a motorcycle they were riding on hit a roadside bomb, the Taliban’s weapon of choice, in southern Helmand province on Saturday, an official said.The ill-fated civilians were on their... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Under Secretary of Defense for Policy James N. Miller, who arrived on a brief visit to southern Helmand province, on Thursday met with American troops and the provincial governor in Lashkargah.The governor’s house in a statement... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The Taliban executed five civilians for their alleged contacts  with the government in the Sangin district of southern Helmand province, the governor's office said on Tuesday.The incident took place in the Regi area on Monday... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A private company is developing an integrated township with all modern facilities in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand. The scheme, when completed, will house 30,000 people.The Abu Dhabi-based Al-Watania company is... read more
KABUL (PAN): A top Taliban commander and his 25 fighters were killed during a combined operation by Afghan and foreign troops in southern Helmand province, authorities on Monday.The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said the operation was... read more
LASHKARGAH/ TIRINKOT (PAN): Police on Thursday shot dead a suicide bomber, armed with explosives, before he reached his target in the southern Helmand province, while his accomplice was detained in central Uruzgan province.The suicide bomber on foot... read more
LASHKARGAH/KABUL (PAN): Twenty-eight insurgents and two civilians were killed and scores of others wounded in separate incidents of violence across the country over the past 24 hours, officials said on Wednesday.Twenty-five rebels were killed during... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A photo exhibition titled “New Afghanistan with Afghans’ Perspective” inaugurated in Lashkargah city, the capital of southern Helmand province on Saturday.The exhibition has been organised by Third Eye, the centre of photo... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): At least 16 people, including civilians, militants, Afghan and foreign soldiers, were killed and wounded during a spate of violence across southern Helmand province, officials said on Saturday.Five Taliban militants were killed... read more
GHAZNI/LASHKARGAH (PAN): At least nine passengers were killed and 19 others injured in two separate roadside bombings in southern Ghazni and Helmand provinces, officials said on Friday.The first blast that killed seven people on a bus traveling from... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): International troops have pulled out of the Nawzad district of southern Helmand province, leaving security responsibility for the town to Afghan forces, officials said on Sunday. Foreign forces withdrew from their checkpoints... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A poetry session, attended by dozens of poets and writers, was held on Thursday night in the capital of southern Helmand province, officials said on Friday.Poets from Kabul, Paktia, Khost, Maidan Wardak, Zabul, Kandahar, Kunar,... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Local officials in the southern province of Helmand on Tuesday said three militants involved in roadside bombings were killed in a NATO airstrike.The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers bombed the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Hundreds of tribal elders and former jihadi leaders on Monday asked the government to bring lawmaker Abdul Jabbar Qaharaman to justice for his “atrocities” during the Russian invasion of Afghanistan.The call comes a day after... read more
LASHKARGAH/MEHMOOD RAQI (PAN): Nearly a dozen Taliban insurgents were killed in clashes with police in southern Helmand province, while four women were wounded in a rocket attack in central Kapisa province, officials said on Saturday.Eleven... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Seven members of a family, including five children, were killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in southern Helmand province, an official said on Friday.The explosion took place late on Thursday in the Musalmani area of the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Security forces thwarted possible group attacks by the insurgents in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, an official said on Sunday.The Taliban sought to conduct several attacks as part of their spring offensive... read more
LASHKARGAH/LAGHMAN (PAN): Thirteen Taliban insurgents were killed in an airstrike and a gunbattle in southern Helmand and eastern Laghman provinces, officials said on Friday.Eleven fighters were killed by helicopter-borne troops on Thursday night... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Ten Taliban militants were killed and seven others detained during various security operations in southern Helmand province, an official said on Thursday.In an operation conducted by Afghan National Army (ANA) in Mindawor area of... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Seven key Taliban commanders were killed during a police operation in the Washer district of southern Helmand province, an official said on Sunday.The operation was conducted by the quick reaction police unit in Folad and Sarfolad... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Officials said a total of 324 people were killed and injured, including Taliban militants, policemen and civilians, in various security operations over the span of one month in southern Helmand Province.  About 80 Taliban... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Officials said a total of 324 people were killed and injured, including Taliban militants, policemen and civilians, in various security operations over the span of one month in southern Helmand Province. About 80 Taliban... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A 12-year-old boy, kidnapped four days ago in Lashkargah, the provincial capital of southern Helmand province, was rescued from his kidnappers on Friday, an official said.The victim, Naqiullah, a fourth class student, was kidnapped... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Ten Taliban fighters were killed during an ongoing clean-up operation involving Afghan and foreign troops in southern Helmand province, where the insurgents attacked and torched a dozen tractors destroying poppy fields, officials... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Ten Taliban fighters were killed during an ongoing clean-up operation involving Afghan and foreign troops in southern Helmand province, where the insurgents attacked and torched a dozen tractors destroying poppy fields, officials... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Ten Taliban fighters were killed during an ongoing clean-up operation involving Afghan and foreign troops in southern Helmand province, where the insurgents attacked and torched a dozen tractors destroying poppy fields, officials... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Ten Taliban fighters were killed during an ongoing clean-up operation involving Afghan and foreign troops in southern Helmand province, where the insurgents attacked and torched a dozen tractors destroying poppy fields, officials... read more
KABUL (PAN): Four US soldiers and as many Afghan police were killed in a suicide bombing and in a helicopter crash that came hours after the first incident in a district of southern Helmand province, an official said on Friday.The US soldiers wanted... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Hundreds of heavy and light weapons seized in a string of operations by intelligence operatives were on Thursday delivered to the Disbandment of Illegal Armed Groups (DIAG) programme in southern Helmand province, an official said.A... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Fourteen members of a community council in the Nad Ali district of southern Helmand province were on Tuesday referred to the Attorney Office for allegedly stealing wheat meant for distribution to poor families, officials said.The... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Traders in southern Helmand province have donated more than a million afghanis ($20,016) for the reconstruction of the Darul Aman Palace in Kabul, officials said on Saturday.Helmand Governor Mohammad Gulab Mangal made the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN):  Angry residents sliced off a Taliban militant’s ear after two children were killed and another two injured in a roadside blast in the Garmsir district of southern Helmand Province on Thursday, said an official.The governor's... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A seven-member insurgent group joined the peace process in southern Helmand province, officials said on Wednesday.The surrendering men were shown to the media at the provincial National Directorate of Security (NDS) department in... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The Taliban Quetta Shura in Pakistan is planning the desecration of the Quran in southern Helmand province and blame it on Afghan forces, the governor’s house alleged on Tuesday.As part of the plot, the governor’s office said, a 50... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Three members of the local police force were killed and six others, including two civilians, injured in a second suicide attack in the Musa Qala district of southern Helmand province on Tuesday, an official said. The bomber... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Two insurgents were killed and a third, identified as a Taliban-designated deputy governor, arrested in southern Helmand province, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Tuesday.The shadow deputy governor, Syed Ghulam alias Janan,... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Eight policemen and three suicide attackers were killed when an insurgent group rammed an explosive-loaded vehicle into the district headquarters in southern Helmand Province, official said on Tuesday.The attack happened at the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A Taliban plot to assassinate the Helmand provincial council head was foiled by police on Sunday, an official said.Police discovered explosives inside a shop owned by the public representative’s brother in Lashkargah, Abdul Bari... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Seven garbage trucks costing $335,000 were donated to the municipality of southern Helmand province, officials said on Saturday.The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) contributed the trucks, while the UN-... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Southern Helmand province is all set to embrace the third phase of security transition, though local forces lack heavy weaponry and other necessary equipment, the governor said on Saturday.Gulab Mangal told reporters in Lashkargah... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A school reopened after remaining closed for five years due to insecurity in the Nawa district of southern Helmand province, officials said on Monday.The district chief, Abdul Manaf Khan, told Pajhwok Afghan News the middle school... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Farmers who shunned poppies and planted other cash crops were given subsidised electric generators in Nad Ali district of southern Helmand province.  Deputy district chief, Nazar Muhammad Habibi, at presentation ceremony... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Farmers who shunned poppies and planted other cash crops were given subsidised electric generators in Nad Ali district of southern Helmand province.  Deputy district chief, Nazar Muhammad Habibi, at presentation ceremony, told... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Fifteen insurgents were killed during an operation by US special forces in the restive southern province of Helmand, a local official said on Friday.The six-day offensive in the Mermandab area of Greshk district concluded last... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Two government officials were killed and a third wounded in two separate incidents in the southern province of Helmand, an official said on Friday.Acting administrator of Nawa district, Abdul Aziz, was gunned down by two... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A man wearing the Afghan National Army (ANA) uniform shot dead two foreign soldiers in southern Afghanistan on Monday.The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) confirmed the shooting. However, it neither disclosed the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): At least 10 Taliban fighters were killed, four injured and two others detained during separate incidents in southern Helmand province, officials said on Saturday.Late on Friday, a group of militants attacked a logistic supply... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Five members of a tribal militia, including a commander, defected to the Taliban and surrendered their weapons in southern Helmand province, officials said on Friday.Commander Khuda-i-Noor joined the fighters along with four... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): One policeman was killed and six others, including a foreign  soldier, were wounded in separate incidents of violence in the southern province of Helmand, officials said on Wednesday.The policeman was killed when the vehicle... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A Pajhwok Afghan News reporter was among several journalists who were awarded commendation certificates in recognition of their services in the lawless southern province of Helmand, officials said on Monday.The reporters were given... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Seized in various operations, police in southern Helmand province on Saturday handed over 64 weapons to the Disbandment of Illegal Armed Groups (DIAG) programme officials.Dozens of weapons were received from a private security... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Seized in various operations, police in southern Helmand province on Saturday handed over 64 weapons to the Disbandment of Illegal Armed Groups (DIAG) programme officials.Dozens of weapons were received from a private security... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Visiting US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Wednesday pledged continued US assistance to Helmand and backed security transition process in Afghanistan’s southern province.Panetta, who arrived on an unannounced two-day visit to... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): One Taliban fighter was killed and three rebel commanders captured during an ongoing operation by foreign troops in southern Helmand province, officials said on Wednesday, but the Taliban claimed six of their fighters were killed.... read more
LASHJKARGAH (PAN): Eight civilians were killed after a van carrying them hit a roadside bomb in the Marja district, of southern Helmand province, on Wednesday, an official said.The strong explosion took place at about 1.30 pm in Regi square of the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A nineteen-year-old would-be suicide attacker, along with four of his handlers, were arrested by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in Lashkargah city, the provincial capital of southern Helmand province, an official said... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Led by Abdul Manan, four insurgents laid down their weapons and joined the reconciliantion programme with the efforts of National Directorate for Security (NDS) in southern Helmand province.The insurgents were active in Nad Ali... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) top commander in Afghanistan Gen. Johan Allen on Monday said his troops would stay in Afghanistan beyond the 2014 deadline if the Afghans desired so.During a visit to southern Helmand... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Officials said on Monday research showed that saffron could be a better alternative to the banned poppy crop in southern Helmand province, the world’s largest opium-producing region.  Their research over the past year... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Six people were injured on Wednesday as a result of suicide bombing in the southern province of Helmand, officials said.The explosion occurred at around 10am when the bomber crashed his explosives-laden car into a convoy of the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Residents of the Greshk district of southern Helmand province on Wednesday expressed their deep concerns over increasing kidnaps, saying that six incidents had taken place in less than a week.In addition to kidnappings, other... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Six people were injured on Wednesday as a result of suicide bombing in the southern province of Helmand, officials said.The explosion occurred at around 10am when the bomber crashed his explosives-laden car into a convoy of the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Seven militants were among 14 people killed in two separate bomb explosions in the southern province of Helmand, officials said on Tuesday.An explosives-filled jerry cane the rebels were placing in their car went off in the Nawzad... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Reconstruction work on a recreation park in Lashkargah, the provincial capital of southern Helmand province, was launched on Sunday, with most of the funds being donated by residents, an official said.The project is estimated to... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): An Afghan official working for a foreign non-governmental organisation (NGO) was arrested on bribery charges in southern Helmand province on Wednesday, an official said.Mohammad Rassoul, working for Afghanistan Reconstruction and... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The Taliban killed four people on charges of cooperating with the government in southern Helmand province, officials said on Tuesday.The incident took place in the Shah Pusthi area of Washer district late on Monday, Daud Ahmadi,... read more
KABUL/LASHKARGAH (PAN): Thirty-five drug traffickers were detained and a large amount of narcotics seized in the capital Kabul, officials said on Sunday.The smugglers, arrested in different areas of Kabul, were involve in 31 cases of drug... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Truckers accuse Afghan National Army (ANA)’s civilian employees with the 215th Maiwand Military Corps of seeking bribes from them. But an ANA official rejects the allegation as untrue.The 215th Maiwand Military Corps officials are... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Two members of a family were killed and a third injured when a house caved in due to heavy rains in the southern province of Helmand, officials said on Saturday.The incident took place at 4am when a ground-floor roof of the house... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Graduates from vocational courses in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province complained on Wednesday they were yet to receive the materials promised by organisers.As many as 2000 students, who attended the six-month... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Hundreds of gardens would be established in southern Helmand province next summer, agriculture officials said on Tuesday.Funded by the US, the $2million (98,440,000afs) project will be implemented in 10 districts of the province,... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Thirty-two rebels were killed and 10 others wounded during separate incidents over the past week in western Helmand province, the Afghan military said on Monday.The Afghan army commando unit conducted the operation in Marja, Kajaki... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Banned fertilisers weighing 3.5 tonnes were recovered during a raid on the house of a Taliban-designated mayor for southern Helmand province, the governor’s office said on Monday.Acting on an intelligence report, security personnel... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Two policemen were killed in a bomb blast in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, on Thursday, officials said.The explosion occurred when a bomb disposal squad was defusing another roadside bomb on the eastern... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Eight civilians, as many policemen and 33 militants have been killed in a series of incidents of violence in southern Helmand province over the past two weeks, an official said.  Another 40 civilians and 16 militants were... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Residents of southern Helmand province on Tuesday complained they had electricity supply for just 12 hours every four days.The existing power supply level did not meet their needs, said a resident of the Karta Lagan area on the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The security situation in southern Helmand province had considerably improved after transition to Afghan forces, Governor Gulab Mangal claimed on Tuesday.He linked the improvement to better coordination between Afghan and foreign... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Four civilians were killed and 34 others, including foreigners, were wounded in a suicide car bombing in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, officials said on Thursday.The blast happened at around 10:40am in... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): As many as 2,000 poppy farmers were released from a jail in southern Helmand province after they promised not to grow the illicit crop, officials said on Tuesday.The growers had been arrested over the past three months as part of... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Three civilians were killed and as many others injured in a roadside bomb explosion in southern Helmand province on Saturday, an official said.The explosion took place at around 9:30am in the Lashkar Baba area of Lashkargah, Col.... read more
LASHKARGAH, Jan 18, 2011: Newly graduated policemen queued up during the graduation ceremony in southern Helmand province. A total of 190 policemen have been graduated after completing a two-month military training, an official said. PAJHWOK/... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Two policemen and 12 militants, including a commander, were killed in a clash in the Nawzad district of southern Helmand province on Thursday, an official said.The gunbattle took place at 5am in the Jazzi area of the district,... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The toll from Wednesday's bomb explosions in the southern province of Helmand has mounted to 17 dead and 23 wounded, officials said on Thursday.A suicide bomber detonated his explosive-rigged motorcycle near a police foot patrol... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The responsibility of the central jail in southern Helmand province was on Monday transferred to the Ministry of Interior from the Ministry of Justice, officials said.The transfer came at a special ceremony attended by... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Six people freed from the Bagram jail in central Parwan province were reunited with their families at a ceremony in southern Helmand province on Tuesday.Detained on charges of having links with militants, the men hailed were from... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The responsibility of the central jail in southern Helmand province was on Monday transferred to the Ministry of Interior from the Ministry of Justice, officials said.The transfer came at a special ceremony attended by Governor... read more
KABUL (PAN): Three people were killed in a local helicopter crash in the Nad Ali district of southern Helmand province on Monday, officials said.The helicopter went down in the Shawal area of the district at 11am, district police chief Maj. Omer Jan... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Two women were killed in a roadside bomb explosion in the Nad Ali district of southern Helmand province, the Ministry of Interior said on Saturday.A statement from the ministry blamed the Taliban insurgents for planting the... read more
HELMAND, Jan 10, 2012: Weapons and ammunition are being displayed to media by security personnel after they were seized during an operation in Marjha district of southern Helmand province.PAJHWOK/ Zainullah Stanikzai
HELMAND, Jan 09, 2012: The Helmand governor on Monday promised development projects would be launched soon in Kajaki district of the southern province.Mohammad Gulab Mangal said his office was paying more attention to northern parts of the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A Taliban-designated commander for Musa Qala, Baghran and Kajaki districts of southern Helmand province has been detained, the governor's office said on Tuesday.  One militant was killed and the commander detained during an... read more
ASADABAD/LASHKARGAH (PAN): A 330 metres long bridge on the Kunar River was inaugurated in Sawakai district of the eastern province on Sunday.Governor Syed Fazlullah Wahidi, inaugurating the 10-metre wide bridge, said the USAID-funded project... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A Taliban commander joined the peace process, while three insurgents were killed in an air raid by international troops in southern Helmand province, an official said on Sunday.Abdul Sattar, the surrendering commander, was fighting... read more
KABUL (PAN): Problems of land-grab and cases illicit drugs posed a serious threat to the gains made over the past few years in southern Helmand province, officials warned on Saturday.As a poppy eradication campaign was launched in the Nad Ali... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers was killed and a policeman injured during a clash between the two sides in the Marja district of southern Helmand province, an official said on Wednesday.The infighting near an ANA check post... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Security of three districts in southern Helmand province was handed over to Afghan security forces on Saturday as part of the second phase of transition. A ceremony, attended Security Transition Commission head Dr. Ashraf... read more
HELMAND, Dec 30, 2011: A seven-man group laid down their weapons and joined peace process in southern Helmand province.PAJHWOK/ Zainullah Stanikzai
LASHKARGAH (PAN): At least 10 policemen were killed and seven others injured when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in southern Helmand province, officials said on Thursday.The massive explosion took place at around 11:30am in the Zarghoon area... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The process of distributing winter assistance to 1,000 families in southern Helmand province started on Wednesday, an official said.Provided by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR), the assistance is being... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A Musa Qala district council member and two of his family members were gunned down by unidentified militants in southern Helmad province, an official said on Wednesday.This incident took place near the district headquarters... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Reform council members in southern Helmand province on Tuesday said the education department had failed to provide books, hire teachers and ensure facilities for students.The reform council, monitoring development projects and... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Several areas of Nad Ali district in southern Helmand province have been cleared of insurgents during an operation that lasted 10 days, security officials said on Monday.Conducted by police, the operation was focused on Seh-wo-Yak... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Three militants, including a local commander, were killed during a joint operation by Afghan and foreign forces in southern Helmand province, an official said on Sunday.At least three fighters were detained after they attacked... read more
HELMAND, Dec 24, 2011: Helmand governor Muhammad Ghulab Mangal welcomes Afghan national cricket players upon their arrival in the southern province.PAJHWOK/Zainullah Stanikzai
HELMAND, Dec 24, 2011: Helmand governor Muhammad Ghulab Mangal welcomes Afghanistan national cricket team players upon their arrival in the southern province.PAJHWOK/ Zainullah Stanikzai 
LAHKARGAH (PAN): An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) helicopter made a forced landing in western Helmand province, the alliance said on Saturday. But the Taliban claimed shooting down the chopper.The incident took place in Nahr-i-Saraj... read more
GARDEZ/ LASHKARGAH (PAN): Thousands of kilograms of drugs were seized during operations in Paktia and Helmand provinces, officials said on Saturday.Sixty-four bags of hashish, weighing 4,500 kilograms, were recovered by police in the Ahmadabad... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Unidentified gunmen shot dead a member of municipality council in the southern province of Helmand, an official said on Thursday.The incident took place on Wednesday evening in Lashkari Bazaar area of the capital city, the governor... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Four Taliban militants were killed in a clash with police in southern Helmand province, where a civilian lost his life in a roadside bombing, an official said on Wednesday.The four fighters were killed when police ambushed them in... read more
KABUL (PAN): Four militants were detained and an ammunition cache recovered during separate operations in southern Kandahar, Helmand and Zabul provinces, the Ministry of Defence said on Monday.The ammunition cache was recovered during a joint... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The administrative head of the Khanashin district in  southern Helmand province was killed along with two security guards in a bomb attack on Wednesday, an official said.The explosion happened at 1pm in the Taghaz area of... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A 15-member parliamentary delegation visited Marja and Nad Ali districts of southern Helmand province, lauding local officials for development works in the towns ahead of the security transition, the governor's office said on... read more
LASHKARGAH/PUL-I-ALAM (PAN): Six policemen were killed and four others wounded in separate incidents in central Logar and southern Helmand provinces, official said on Saturday.Three policemen were killed in Nawzad district of Helmand province at... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Afghan and international soldiers killed one top militant commander and arrested another in the southern province of Helmand, a hotbed of the Taliban insurgency, an official said on Saturday.Mullah Abdul Razaq was arrested in the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Nineteen civilians, including women and children, were killed in a road side bombing in southern Helmand province on Wednesday, an official said.  The explosion took place at around 11am in Sangin district, where a passenger... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A dozen insurgents have been killed in joint operations by Afghan and NATO-led soldiers in the southern province of Helmand, officials said on Tuesday.At least one fighter was arrested as a result of an International Security... read more
LASHKARGAH/SHARAN (PAN): Two Taliban fighters were killed and seven others injured during joint operations in Helmand and Paktika provinces, officials said on Thursday.The insurgents were killed during a joint offensive in the Khwajakhel area on the... read more
CHARIKAR (PAN): Fourteen kidnapped children of ages between eight and 12 years were rescued from their kidnappers in central Parwan province on Monday, officials said.Kidnapped from northern Kunduz province, the children were freed from their... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Taliban influenced farmers to cultivate poppies on their farms in southern Helmand province, the world's biggest opium producer, officials said on Saturday.The allegation came at a meeting aimed at promoting awareness against drugs... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Tribal elders from Nawa district of southern Helmand province warned on Saturday of impeding construction work on a road if they were not compensated.As many as 50 tribal elders of the district asked provincial authorities to keep... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Ten militants, including a would-be suicide attacker, were killed in two separate airstrikes by NATO-led forces in southern Helmand province on Thursday, officials said.Seven Pakistani insurgents were targeted by an ISAF aircraft... read more
HELMAND, Nov 16, 2011: An explosives-laden car has been seized by intelligence operatives in Lashkargah, the provincial capital of southern Helmand province, an official said on Tuesday.Deputy provincial National Directorate of Security chief,... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): An explosives-laden car has been seized by intelligence operatives in Lashkargah, the provincial capital of southern Helmand province, an official said on Tuesday.Deputy provincial National Directorate of Security chief, Mehmood... read more
KABUL (PAN): US Marines killed four Taliban fighters disguised in police uniform in southern Helmand province, a hotbed of Taliban activity, an official said on Tuesday.The insurgents wanted to ambush government officials in Pach village of Sangin... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Thirty-two out of 175 schools, which have been closed due to insecurity, were reopened in southern Helmand province since March 21 this year, education officials said on Monday.Helmand has a total of 340 schools, with 143 out of... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A tribal elder was killed in a Taliban gun attack in southern Helmand province, officials said on Monday.The incident took place in the Benadar area of Garmser district on Sunday, the governor's office said in a statement.The... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): At least 15 people were killed when a passenger bus hit a motorcycle and then crashed into two cars on the Kandahar-Herat highway in southern Helmand province on Saturday, an official said.The accident took place in Yakhchal area... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Farmers from the Nad Ali district of southern Helmand province on Thursday warned to grow poppy crops if the government failed to provide them with basic amenities of life and address their concerns about insecurity.Nearly 200... read more
KABUL (PAN): Security forces are ready for the second phase of security switch in southern Helmand province, officials said on Wednesday.The second phase of the transition is said to target some districts in Badakhshan, Badghis, Ghazni, Helmand,... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A district police chief was among three others killed in a roadside bombing in southern Helmand province, an official said on Monday.The Gramsir district police chief, Saifullah Rashidi, was travelling with two of his police guards... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Counter narcotics police have seized 400 kilograms of drugs during an overnight operation in southern Helmand province, the world's largest opium producing region, an official said on Saturday.The narcotics were recovered from a... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Officials in southern Helmand province on Thursday promised to construct a road to and install a third turbine at Kajaki power dam.Governor Gulab Mangal said the road to the district, which has been closed for five years, had... read more
HELMAND, Nov 01, 2011: The US ambassador to Afghanistan has promised $65 million (3,123 million afs) in aid for the development of the agriculture sector in Kandahar and Helmand provinces, a senior official said on Tuesday.Ryan C. Crocker... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The US ambassador to Afghanistan has promised $65 million (3,123 million afs) in aid for the development of the agriculture sector in Kandahar and Helmand provinces, a senior official said on Tuesday.Ryan C. Crocker pledged the... read more
HELMAND, Oct 28, 2011: A Taliban commander has been detained with weapons, ammunition, corolla vehicle and four motorcycles by officials of Provincial National Directorate of Security (NDS) during a search operation in Naad Ali and Lashkargah city... read more
HELMAND, Oct 27, 2011: Nineteen prisoners released from the Bagram military prison on bail were reunited with their families in southern Helmand province, the governor's house said on Thursday.Speaking at a ceremony in Lashkargah, Governor's... read more
HELMAND, Oct 27, 2011: Satar Khan, the son of Shah Nazar Khan, former governor of southern Helmand province, reveals his plight during police custody in southern Helmand province. He accused police commander, Shah Mahmood, of removing his foot... read more
HELMAND, Oct 23, 2011: Seven militants, including two local commanders, were detained with arms and explosives in southern Helmand province, officials said on Sunday.Shown to media representatives by the National Directorate of Security (NDS)... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Seven militants, including two local commanders, were detained with arms and explosives in southern Helmand province, officials said on Sunday.Shown to media representatives by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in the... read more
HELMAND, Oct 22, 2011: The residents of Khanisheen district of southern Helmand province on Saturday accused private security guards of complicity in armed robberies.The guards of private security firms, deployed along highways, have hand in... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The residents of Khanisheen district of southern Helmand province on Saturday accused private security guards of complicity in armed robberies.The guards of private security firms, deployed along highways, have hand in thefts,... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Twenty-one insurgents have been killed during an ongoing Afghan-ISAF offensive in southern Helmand province, officials said on Friday.US Marines and Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers are taking part in the joint operation that... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Four Afghan civilians were killed and three others wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in southern Helmand province, the governor's office said on Thursday.Coming hours ahead of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's arrival in... read more
HELMAND, Oct 18, 2011: Police submitted 77 weapons to Disarmament of Illegal Armed Groups (DIAG) programme officials in southern Helmand province on Tuesday.The arms were seized in a series of operations across the province over the past few... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Police submitted 77 weapons to Disarmament of Illegal Armed Groups (DIAG) programme officials in southern Helmand province on Tuesday.The arms were seized in a series of operations across the province over the past few weeks,... read more
HELMAND, Oct 17, 2011: Residents of Sangin district in southern Helmand province have warned they would not stop cultivating poppies until the town's administrative head and police chief are removed.The warning came at a gathering attended by... read more
LASHKAEGAH (PAN): Residents of Sangin district in southern Helmand province have warned they would not stop cultivating poppies until the town's administrative head and police chief are removed.The warning came at a gathering attended by hundreds of... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A football tournament featuring 26 teams from various districts of southern Helmand province got underway in Lashkargah, the provincial capital, on Sunday.Squads from Lashkargah, Greshk, Nawa, Garmser and Marja districts are taking... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Two policemen and a civilian were injured in back-to-back bomb explosions in southern Helmand province, an official said on Saturday.The first blast took place at around 7:30am in the Kart-i-Lagan area of the provincial capital,... read more
An Afghan National Army (ANA)'s official laid the foundation stone of first battalion of Afghan National Army (ANA) center and an airport in Garam-Ser district of southern Helmand province.The project is being funded by USA that will cost $85... read more
HELMAND, Oct 10, 2011: Weapons, ammunition and explosives are displayed to media by security officials in southern Helmand province.The Weapons, ammunition and explosives were captured by NDS's officials in Naad Ali district of this southern... read more
HELMAND, Oct 09, 2011: Two alleged persons with mines and explosives are posed for media by security officials after they were arrested on charges of trafficking weapons, explosives and ammunition to militants in southern Helmand province, an... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The NATO-led troops have detained a Taliban commander, accused of killing 15 tribal elders and local residents, in southern Helmand province, officials said on Sunday.The commander was held on Saturday night during an operation by... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Pakistan has the key to peace in Afghanistan, a legislator said on Thursday, asking Kabul to hold direct negotiations with Islamabad about the reconciliation campaign.Addressing a gathering in Lashkargah, the provincial capital,... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The state-run Bust Enterprises, a ginning factory, said on Wednesday it would purchase 3,000 tonnes of cotton from farmers in the southern province of Helmand this year.The decision was made at a Cabinet meeting, the factory head,... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Afghanistan's southern Helmand province produces 53 percent of the world's total opium, the deputy minister of counternarcotics announced on Monday.Addressing a gathering in Lashkargah, Mohammad Ibrahim Azhar quoted a UN survey as... read more
HELMAND, Oct 02, 2011: In total, 34 mortar shells and an explosives cylinder of insurgents have been discovered by Helmand security officials in Naad Ali district of southern Helmand province on Monday, a security official said.PAJHWOK/ Zainullah... read more
HELMAND, Oct 1, 2011: Eight Taliban, including a commander, were arrested in the Nad Ali district of southern Helmand province, an official said.Militant leader Hafiz was among the men detained in the Zabarabad area, the district police chief,... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Eight Taliban, including a commander, were arrested in the Nad Ali district of southern Helmand province, an official said on Friday.Militant leader Hafiz was among the men detained in the Zabarabad area late on Thursday, the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Denmark promised military and civilian aid to the Helmand provincial government on Thursday, an official said.Danish Ambassador René Dinesen held out the promise during a short visit to the southern province, where he met Governor... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Seven Taliban were detained by intelligence operatives in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, officials said on Thursday.In western Faryab province, a fighter was captured by residents after a clash in the Arab... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A newly-constructed building for a police training centre was inaugurated in southern Helmand province, officials said on Wednesday.Funded by Britain and Denmark, the building was constructed at a cost of £12m (919,257,000 afghanis... read more
HELMAND, Sept 27, 2011: Five people were killed and 20 others wounded in a suicide attack in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, an official said on Tuesday.The suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into a bakery,... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Two people were killed and 26 others wounded in a suicide attack in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, officials said on Tuesday.The suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into a bakery, supplying food for... read more
HELMAND, Sept 24, 2011: Bolan district residents of southern Helmand province chant slogans during a protest demonstration against the residential plots in this southern province. The plots were grabbed by a number of government officials,... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A heroin laboratory was destroyed and more than a dozen rebels were killed during a joint operation in southern Helmand province, ISAF said on Monday.The operation was conducted in Baghran district late on Sunday, the ISAF media... read more
HELMAND: Estonia on Sunday donated three ambulances to the public health department of southern Helmand province.The PRT-donated vehicles were given to the public health department, said Dr. Nisar Ahmad Barak, the Helmand Civil Hospital... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Estonia on Sunday donated three ambulances to the public health department of southern Helmand province.The PRT-donated vehicles were given to the public health department, said Dr. Nisar Ahmad Barak, the Helmand Civil Hospital... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A second district police building was inaugurated on Thursday in the Karta Lagan area of Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, officials said.The project was funded by the International Security Assistance Force (... read more
LASHKARGA (PAN): A policeman and a civilian were killed and eight others, including three women, injured when a suicide attacker detonated his explosives-laden car in southern Helmand province, an official said on Wednesday.The attack took place at... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A member of the Helmand Ulema Council was killed in an attack in the restive southern province late on Sunday, an official said on Monday.Maulvi Syed Mohammad was shot dead at around 7pm by unidentified men near the Sule Chawk area... read more
HELMAND, Sept 10, 2011: In total, 29 prisoners were released in compliance with a Presidential Decree on the occasion of  Afghanistan's Independent Day and Eid-Ul-Fitr, an official said.PAJWHOK/ Zainullah Stanikzai
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Three guards of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) were killed and two others injured when their vehicle struck a rode side bomb in southern Helmand province, officials said on Saturday.The incident took place in the Joshi... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Twenty-nine prisoners were released in compliance with President Hamid Karzai's orders from the central jail in southern Helmand province, an official said on Saturday.Most of the beneficiaries of the presidential decree, issued in... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Seven people were killed and five others injured in a suicide attack at the entrance to the police office in the Sangin district of southern Helmand province, an official said on Friday."A suicide attacker detonated his explosives-... read more
HELMAND, Sept 06, 2011: Six commanders of the insurgents along with their machine-guns, pistols and ammunition are posed to media in southern Helmand province. The commanders were arrested by agents of the Helmand's National Directorate of... read more
HELMAND, Sept 06, 2011: As many as 108 people were injured in various traffic accidents during Eid days in different areas of southern Helmand province, including the capital Lashkargah, officials said on Monday.Most of the accidents involved... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): As many as 108 people were injured in various traffic accidents during Eid days in different areas of southern Helmand province, including the capital Lashkargah, officials said on Monday.Most of the accidents involved motorcycles... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Sixty unexploded mines were seized by a joint Afghan-international security force a night before Eidul Fitr in the southern province of Helmand, an official said on Wednesday.Acting on intelligence reports, the combined force... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Fifteen reconstruction projects will be implemented in the Washir district of southern Helmand province, governor said on Monday. The people of the district cooperated with the government, so the government has rewarded the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Fifteen reconstruction projects will be implemented in the Washir district of southern Helmand province, governor said on Monday. The people of the district cooperated with the government, so the government has rewarded the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Four civilians, including two women, were killed and three others injured in a roadside bombing in southern Helmand province Saturday, officials said on Sunday.The blast occurred in the Wazirabad area of Khan Nashin district when a... read more
HELMAND, August 27, 2011: A powerful suicide bombing rocked the capital city of southern Helmand province on Saturday, killing six civilians and wounding several others, an official said.The explosion in Lashkargah occurred 50 metres from the... read more
HELMAND, August 26, 2011: Smoke rises from a woodpile that was engulfed in flames in Lashkargah, the provincial capital of southern Helmand province."Tens of shops and houses were set ablaze by the fire on Friday," an official said.PAJHWOK/... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A powerful suicide bombing rocked the capital city of southern Helmand province on Saturday, killing six civilians and wounding several others, an official said.The explosion in Lashkargah occurred 50 metres from the governor’s... read more
HELMAND, August 25, 2011: Seven bartenders, who were detained by the agents of Helmand National Directorate of Security (NDS), are displayed to media in southern Helmand province.Four wine houses and some weapons were also discovered in the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A commander was among 13 Taliban insurgents killed in a series of joint operations by Afghan and international troops in the Nawzad district of southern Helmand province, an official said on Monday. The offensives were conducted... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Unidentified gunmen shot dead district prosecutor Mohammad Azim in the southern province of Helmand, officials said on Sunday. The incident took place early on Sunday in the Garishk district, Daud Ahmadi, the governor’s... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Four civilians were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in southern Helmand province on Saturday, an official said. The victims were travelling between Salam bazaar and Jazi areas of Nawzad district when the incident... read more
HELMAND, August 19, 2011: Three policemen were superficially injured when a suicide bomber detonated turban-packed explosives during Afghanistan's 92nd Independence Day in Helmand Military Corps Center on Friday night, Brig Gen Muhammad Hakeem... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Families of police officials killed in the line of duty received food assistance in southern Helmand province on Thursday, an official said. As many as 825 police officials' families supported, the provincial police chief,... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Five militants and two civilians were killed and seven fighters detained in in the southern province of Helmand, officials said on Thursday. Foreign troops conducted an operation in the Koh-i-Baran area of Nawzad district,... read more
HELMAND, August 17, 2011: Newly trained policemen stand in line during the graduation ceremony in southern Helmand province.  In total, 109 policemen were graduated from Police Training Center after completing two-month training in this... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Two gatherings, one in support of President Hamid Karzai's decree and the other in opposition to the special election court's verdict, were held in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, on Tuesday. One of... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Three women were among five civilians killed in a roadside bombing in the Greshk district of southern Helmand province on Saturday, an official said.  The victims were travelling in a vehicle that hit the landmine in the Spin... read more
HELMAND, August 11, 2011:  A suspect along with liquid opium pose for media in southern Helmand province.  He was detained with over 124kg of liquid opium by police officials, an official said.   PAJHWOK/Zainullah Stanikzai... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Intelligence officials seized an explosives-laden truck in the southern province of Helmand, the department said in a statement on Thursday. Up to 1250 kilograms of explosives, placed in six barrels beneath 200 sugar bags, were... read more
HELMAND, August 10, 2011: Helmand National Directorate of Security (NDS) officials seized over 1250kg of ammonium nitrate in a truck in Lashkargah, the provincial capital of southern Helmand province, on Wednesday.   “A man who was... read more
HELMAND, August 09, 2011: Local officials said 69 weapons were handed over to the Disbandment of Illegal Armed Groups (DIAG) programme in southern Helmand province on Tuesday. The arms had been collected from a dissolved private security company,... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Local officials said 69 weapons were handed over to the Disbandment of Illegal Armed Groups (DIAG) programme in southern Zabul province on Tuesday. The arms had been collected from a dissolved private security company, the Zabul... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Nine public order policemen were injured in a remote-controlled bomb explosion in the southern province of Helmand, an official said on Monday. The incident took place on Sunday evening when a police vehicle, part of a convoy that... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Eight members of a family were killed by a NATO raid in the Nad Ali district of southern Helmand province Friday afternoon, local officials and residents said. ISAF is investigating the incident, the coaltion said in a statement... read more
HELMAND, August 04, 2011: Two alleged militants along with weapons and ammunition seized are posed to the media by police in southern Helmand province. The militants were arrested in an operation in the southern province, an official said.... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Counternarcotics police have arrested eight people on charges of possessing and selling alcoholic beverages and drugs in the capital of southern Helmand province, an official said on Tuesday. The men were arrested from different... read more
HELMAND, August 02, 2011: Eight drug dealers with drugs are posed for media captured by police in southern Helmand province. PAJHWOK/Zainullah Stanikzai 
HELMAND, July 31, 2011: Ten policemen and a child were killed in a suicide car bombing on Sunday in Lashkargah, the capital city of the southern province of Helmand, officials said. The incident took place when a suicide bomber detonated his... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Twenty-one people, including four policemen, have been killed in separate militant attacks in the southern province of Helmand, officials said on Friday. Sixteen civilians, including a woman and a child, were killed when a... read more
HELMAND, July 25, 2011: Afghan National Police (ANP) stand in line during the inauguration ceremony of the Fifth Public Order Battalion in southern Helmand province. PAJHWOK/ Zainullah Stanikzai
LASHKARGAH/TIRINKOT (PAN): Up to 18 Taliban and two policemen were killed in two separate operations in southern Helmand and central Uruzgan provinces, officials said on Tuesday. The insurgents attacked police checkpoints in the Musazai area of... read more
HELMAND, July 24, 2011: The killing of a child by Taliban fighters in the southern province of Helmand was strongly condemned by religious scholars and the Afghanistan Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) in Helmand on Sunday. PAJHWOK/ Zainullah... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Repair and rehabilitation work on Kajaki and Greshk dams in southern Helmand province would be launched soon, the minister of energy and water said on Sunday. Mohammad Ismail Khan told a news conference in Lashkargah, after the... read more
HELMAND, July 20, 2011: Security responsibility for the southern city of Lashkargah, the capital of Helmand province, was handed to Afghan forces on Wednesday, an official said. Afghan officials and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)... read more
HELMAND, July 20, 2011: An explosives factory was raided by security officials in the Nawa district of southern Helmand province on Tuesday. Four company employees with a large number of explosives and weapons were seized in the Kala area of the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Security responsibility for the southern city of Lashkargah, the capital of Helmand province, was handed to Afghan forces on Wednesday, an official said. Afghan officials and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): An explosives factory was destroyed in the Nawa district of southern Helmand province on Tuesday, a senior intelligence official said. Four people, including the factory chief, were arrested during an operation in the Sra Qala... read more
HELMAND, July 18, 2011: An alleged drug trafficker poses with liquid opium for a police photo in southern Helmand province.  Two alleged traffickers with 55kg opium were seized in the southern province, an official said.   PAJHWOK... read more
LASHKARGAH/GHAZI CITY (PAN): Seven policemen were mysteriously killed in an attack on their check-post near Lshkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, on Monday, an official said. Elsewhere in the volatile south, 10 militants were shot... read more
HELMAND, July 17, 2011: Brig Gen. Muhammad Hakeem Angar, the police chief of southern Helmand province, said at a press conference that the Afghan National Army (ANA) would not call on the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) for help... read more
HELMAND, July 17, 2011: A view of the newly constructed building for the provincial Afghan Red Cross in southern Helmand province.  The Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS)-funded building was constructed at a cost of 6.5 million afghanis,... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Afghan forces are ready to take security responsibility from their international counterparts for Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, an official said on Sunday. "We will have no need for foreign troops once... read more
HELMAND, July 17, 2011: The residents of Garam Sair and Navi districts of southern Helmand complain of robbers along their way to capital Lashkargah. Many of those affected, including farmers, joined a protest in front of the provincial office... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The residents of Garam Sair and Navi districts of southern Helmand complain of robbers along their way to capital Lashkargah. Many of those affected, including farmers, joined a protest in front of the provincial office. They said... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A man wearing an Afghan army uniform killed a NATO soldier in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, the alliance said. "An individual wearing an Afghan National Army uniform turned his weapon against International Security... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Two commanders were among several Taliban insurgents killed during an overnight airstrike in the Musa Qala district of southern Helmand province, the governor's office said on Friday. The air offensive targeted militants... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): As many as nine civilians have been killed in separate incidents of violence in the southern province of Helmand, officials said on Friday. A passenger vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the Sangin district on Friday, leaving five... read more
HELMAND, July 14, 2011: Three children were killed by a landmine explosion in southern Helmand province, officials said. PAJHWOK/ Zainullah Stanikzai
LASHKAR GAH (PAN): Helmand governor Gulab Mangal survived an explosion that injured two NDS employees in the southwest province of Kandahar, an official said on Wednesday. Mangal was on his way to the funeral of President Hamid Karzai’s... read more
HELMAND, July 11, 2011: A number of tribal elders, religious scholars, government officials and youngsters take part in a protest demonstration against the recent cross-border artillery shelling by Pakistani police in southern Helmand province... read more
HELMAND, July 10, 2011: Galab Mangal, Governor for southern Helmand province, along with a number of government officials and youths take part in a gathering aimed at how to solve youth's problems in this province. PAJHWOK/Zainullah Stanik... read more
JALALABAD (PAN): Three militants were killed and six others injured in a blast caused by their own explosive in eastern Nangarhar province, an official said on Sunday. The incident took place late on Saturday in the Lal Pur district when the... read more
HELMAND, July 09, 2011: Around 900-kg Aluminum Nitrate and weapons were displayed to media by security officials after seizure in southern Helamand province, an official said. PAJHWOK/ Zainullah Stanikzai
HELMAND, July 07, 2011: Ambassador Simon Gass, a NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan, talks to Mohammad Gulab Mangal, the governor of southern Helmand province after a joint press conference in provincial capital Lashkargah.... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): NATO's senior civilian representative in Afghanistan, Ambassador Simon Gass, on Thursday said the alliance would continue to cooperate with Afghanistan in both civilian and military affairs beyond 2014, when foreign troops are... read more
HELMAND, July 06, 2011: One hundred and eighty eight soldiers including 25 sergeants completed a two-month professional training at Lashkargah Police Training Center in southern Helmand province on Wednesday, said Major Muhammad Rafeeq Sheryar, Head... read more
HELMAND, July 05, 2011: British Prime Minister David Cameron visited southern Helmand province during his unannounced trip to Afghanistan, officials said on Tuesday. Former NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan Mark Sedwill and... read more
HELMAND, July 03, 2011: Security officials arrested two suspected drug traffickers with 180kg of opium at a police checkpoint in southern Helmand province, Helmand police department deputy Col. Muhammad Zai Rahmati told Pajhwok Afghan News. PAJHWOK... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Residents of Washer district in southern Helmand province say the security situation has improved in the town, but they lack basic amenities of life. Washer district, which borders Farah province, is 80 kilometres south of... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Eight football teams are competing in Lashkargah for top honors in Helmand province. Hundreds of youth and government officials attended the first game of the series on Friday at Karzai Field in the centre of Lashkargah. The... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Two commanders were among eight insurgents killed during a clash with a joint Afghan-international security force in the Nawzad district of southern Helmand province, NATO and the Governor's Office said on Wednesday. The joint... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A suicide bomber was killed on Monday before reaching his target in the southern province of Helmand, the governor’s office said on Monday. The bomber, Mullah Ghulam, attempted to detonate his suicide vest inside Marja... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Estonia's Defence Minister Mart Laar has said his country would continue to cooperate with Afghanistan beyond 2014, when the security transition process is scheduled to be completed. During a surprise visit to Lashkargah, the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): All affairs of southern Helmand province would be led by Afghans with the transfer of the security responsibility to local forces from their international partners, the US ambassador said on Thursday. Karl Eikenberry, who arrived... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A newly-constructed building for a jail was inaugurated in southern Helmand province on Tuesday, officials said. The UK-funded project, which cost $3.5 million, has 12 blocks, 144 cells and other facilities, the director... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Insurgents have been pushed back from three key strongholds during an ongoing joint military operation codenamed "Omaid" (hope) in southern Zabul province, an official said on Monday. Launched three months ago, the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Seventy-eight kilograms of drugs were seized in police search operations in the southern province of Helmand, the world's largest opium-producing region, officials said on Saturday. Police seized 15 kg of heroin and 54 kg of... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Afghan troops recaptured an insurgent stronghold during an operation in southern Helmand province, an official said on Thursday. The Taliban were ousted from Washer district, 80 kilometres north of Lashkargah, the provincial... read more
LASHKARHAH (PAN): The third death anniversary of slain journalist, Abdul Samad Rohani, was observed on Wednesday in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, amid calls for the arrest of his killers. A large number of journalists,... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Afghan forces, despite a lack of resources, were ready to take the security responsibility for Lashkargah, the provincial capital, the governor of southern Helmand province said on Sunday. Lashkargah is one of the first areas to... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A kidnapped local police force commander and three militiamen have been killed by the Taliban fighters in southern Helmand province, a senior police official said on Friday. Bodies of Commander Nader Khan and three other members... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A commander was among nine insurgents killed by their own explosives in the volatile Marja district of southern Zabul province, an official said on Wednesday. The militants were transporting the explosives in a tractor to the... read more
KABUL(PAN): Officials in southern Helmand province, one of the country's volatile regions, assured on Tuesday a delegation from Kabul that there was no problem in handing over security affairs of Lashkargah, the provincial capital, to Afghan... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A 16-year-old boy was killed when police opened fire at his car in the capital of southern Helmand province on Sunday, officials said. The incident occurred during a search in Lashkargah, the provincial capital, said Syed Hanif, a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Women and children were among 14 civilians killed in airstrike by international troops in the southern province of Helmand, officials claimed on Sunday.The raid was conducted late on Saturday when militants attacked a base of US marines... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A huge arms cache was discovered in a series of search operations by security forces in southern Helmand province, an intelligence official said on Saturday. The weapons included six machineguns, 12 Kalashnikovs, two rocket shells... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The governor of southern Helmand province said he escaped unhurt in an armed attack in Sangin district on Tuesday. Gulab Mangal told reporters he came under gun attack on his way to the provincial capital Lashkargah from Sangin.... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Four Taliban commanders were among 10 fighters detained by intelligence officials in the southern province of Helmand, officials said on Thursday. The commanders identified as Hafiz Abdul Wahid, Mullah Rozi Mohammad, Mullah... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Four Taliban insurgents were killed and five civilians were among nine others injured in separate incidents of violence in southern Helmand province, officials said on Thursday. Two civilians were injured on Thursday morning when... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A newly-constructed building for a district headquarters was inaugurated in southern Helmand province on Wednesday, officials said. The building for Nad Ali district headquarters cost $600,000 (423,304 afghanis) provided by the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Two policemen and a Taliban commander were killed in a clash in southern Helmand province on Monday, an official said. A police vehicle was carrying equipment to a checkpoint when came under attack from insurgents in Aab Pashak... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Eight members of a family were killed when their car crashed under a truck-trailer in Sangin district of southern Helmand province on Friday, an official said. The family was travelling in a car from the district to Lashkargah,... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A policeman was killed and a child injured in a suicide bombing in the southern province of Helmand on Monday, officials said. The blast took place at about 10am when the attacker detonated his explosive-laden motorcycle near a... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The Regional Military Training Centre (RMTC), a US-funded project for the 215th Maiwand Military Corps, was inaugurated in southern Helmand province on Sunday. High-ranking Afghan and foreign security officials attended the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Two suicide bombers struck a logistic convoy of NATO-led troops in the southern province of Helmand on Tuesday, officials said. The heavy explosion took place at 10:30am in the Firqa area of Greshk district, witness Hidayatullah... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A peace council member and former district chief was gunned down by the insurgents in the southern province of Helmand, an official said on Sunday. Haji Zahir was shot dead at 8:30pm in the Kart-i-Lagan area of the provincial... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Two civilians were killed and a third wounded when the car they were travelling in hit a roadside bomb in the southern province of Helmand, an official said on Saturday. The wounded woman was taken to a health facility of the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): People with disabilities in southern Helmand province say they are faced with numerous problems while the government is doing nothing to assist them. Everyday, a number of disabled people could be seen gathered in front of the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The process of distribution of the United Arab Emirates-donated food assistance to hundreds of deserving families started in southern Helmand province on Thursday. As many as 1,500 families from the provincial capital and... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A joint Afghan-international security force arrested five Taliban over the past 48 hours in southern Helmand province, the governor’ office said on Monday. The insurgents were arrested in Kajaki, Nad Ali, Sangin and Germser... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Police clashed with militants during a poppy eradication campaign in southern Helmand province, the world's largest opium producing region, on Tuesday, an official said. Four attackers were arrested and a policeman was injured... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A number of tribal elders and religious scholars in southern Helmand province on Friday criticised President Hamid Karzai for sacking the deputy governor over a music show. The music show involving male and female Afghan singers... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Seven Taliban fighters were killed in two separate airstrikes by NATO-led forces in southern Helmand province, the governor's office said on Thursday. The first air raid that took place in the Nad Ali district on Wednesday... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Mobile phone companies have suspended services once again in southern Helmand province due to Taliban threats. The ministry of telecommunications has said it cannot force the companies to resume services. It is the second time in... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Two policemen were wounded when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in southern Helmand province on Monday, an official said. The policemen were taken to hospital for treatment and are said to be in stable condition, deputy... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Three Taliban fighters were killed and another 11 were wounded in an overnight clash with security forces in southern Helmand province, the governor’s office said on Saturday. A rebel commander identified as Mullah Zahir was... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A joint Afghan-international force on Tuesday retook a district centre from insurgents on the third day of an operation in southern Helmand province, a senior official said. Behramcha, Desho district centre, and its nearby areas,... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Construction work has started on a 20- kilometre road, connecting Greshk and Nad Ali districts of southern Helmand province, officials said on Monday. UK International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell opened the work on... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Thirteen militants were killed during separate operations by Afghan and international troops in southern Helmand province, the governor's office said on Monday. Eleven fighters were killed in the Khanan village of Sangin... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The lack of firefighting equipment contributed to a fire burning out of control for four hours, gutting nearly half of a 300-acre (120-hectare) forest in southern Helmand province, an official said on Monday. The fire began at 4pm... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Residents and security officials struggled to put out a wildfire that swept through a 150-acre forest in southern Helmand province on Sunday, officials said. The fire that broke out at 4pm in the heart of Lashkargah City could gut... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Hundreds of youth in Marja district of southern Helmand province have joined a local police force to maintain security of villages, an official said on Saturday. "So far 300 young men have joined the force and they are... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A 70-year-old woman, who fought the Soviets during the decade-long jihad, is now providing security for villages in Marja district of southern Helmand province. Abido, who also goes by the name Mujahida Hajanei (woman who took... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Nearly a dozen Taliban insurgents have been killed in different operations in the southern province of Helmand, officials said on Tuesday. Three Taliban fighters were killed and 14 others were detained on Monday during a joint... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A building for the appellate court of southern Helmand province was inaugurated on Monday, officials said. The two-storey building has 19 rooms and two meeting halls, the governor of Helmand, Mohammad Gulab Mangal, told Pajhwok... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): About 50,000 hectares of land were cultivated with the illicit poppy crop in southern Helmand province in 2011, 40 percent less than last year, the governor said on Sunday. The farmers, who defied warnings and cultivated the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A peace deal between the government and tribal elders in Sangin district had been effective in ensuring security and peace, the governor of southern Helmand province said on Saturday. Under the deal reached two months ago with the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Denmark's Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen, whose government recently approved a two-year plan for engagement in Afghanistan, has called for greater international development assistance to the country. His country would... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Security forces recovered weapons and narcotics caches in southern Helmand province on Thursday, officials said. The weapons, recovered in Nad Ali and Nahr-i-Saraj districts, included 13 Kalashnikovs, four machine guns, three... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Three policemen were found dead at their check-post in southern Helmand province, an official said on Wednesday. The three were manning a security post on the Helmand-Kandahar highway in the Shandak area, deputy police chief, Col... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Four security guards of a private road construction company were killed during an airstrike by NATO-led forces in southern Helmand province, an official said on Tuesday. A fifth road worker was wounded during the air raid in... read more
Zainullah Stanikzai LASHKARGAH (PAN): Local security officials in southern Helmand province on Sunday said British troops took away three detained would-be suicide bombers from Afghan custody. The UK military officials insisted the men were their... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The newly-created high peace council for southern Helmand province on Sunday officially launched its activities aimed at bringing militants back to a normal life. Brought into being two months ago, the council members held their... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A newly-constructed building for police headquarters in Nad Ali district of southern Helmand province was inaugurated on Friday, officials said. Funded by the UK, the two-storey building cost $850,000 and took two years to... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The militants have blocked roads leading to Nawzad district of southern Helmand province, preventing food supplies to areas controlled by the government, residents said on Wednesday. There are four roads connecting the district to... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): An poppy eradication campaign is due to be launched within in few days in southern Helmand province, the world's largest opium producing region, the governor said on Tuesday. "Despite stringent efforts, Helmand remains... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): An anti-poppy campaign would be launched soon in 10 districts of southern Helmand province, the world's largest opium-producing region, a governor said on Saturday. The campaign would target areas where farmers were provided... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Four family members, including three students, were killed in an Afghan and coalition-led operation in southern Helmand province, villagers and officials said on Wednesday. The press office of the International Security Assistance... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A joint Afghan-international security force arrested five militants planning homemade bombs on a road during an operation in southern Helmand province, officials said on Monday. The men were arrested in the Group Shash area of Nad... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Thousands of people in southern Helmand province urged the government to release all individuals held on charges of having links to insurgents and drug trafficking. Nearly 8,000 people, including tribal elders and religious... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The Afghan National Army's 215th Maiwand Corps based in southern Helmand province has been successful in clearing areas of Taliban, but is being held back by a lack of equipment, including weapons. "In addition to their... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Two Afghan soldiers were killed on Tuesday in a bomb blast in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, an official said. The blast happened at noon when an Afghan National Army foot patrol stepped on the mine, 215... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Weapons seized by intelligence operatives were handed over to officials of the Disarmament of Illegal Armed Groups (DIAG) in the southern province of Helmand, an official said on Sunday. The weapons, including Kalashnikov assault... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A policeman was killed in a roadside bombing, a weapon of choice for the Taliban insurgents, in the southern province of Helmand on Friday, an official said. The explosion hit a police vehicle in the Malgir area of Greshk district... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): There has been an increase in poppy production in Taliban-controlled areas in southern Helmand province, the world's largest opium producing region, the governor said on Thursday. "But the cultivation has dropped in... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Security forces arrested 11 Taliban insurgents in southern Helmand province, an official said on Thursday. The militants were captured after a clash late on Wednesday in the Group Shash area of Nad Ali district, Helmand's... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Three policemen were killed in a roadside bombing, a weapon of choice for the Taliban insurgents, in the southern province of Helmand, officials said on Thursday. The bomb exploded late on Wednesday when a police vehicle was... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Nine Taliban insurgents were killed during an operation by Afghan and international troops in southern Helmand province, officials said on Wednesday. The fighters attacked a joint patrol of Afghan and NATO-led forces in Marja... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): As President Hamid Karzai opened the new Parliament in Kabul on Wednesday, hundreds of people took to the streets in southern Helmand province against the inauguration. Under mounting pressure from winning candidates and Western... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): As many as 100,000 trees will be planted in the southern province of Helmand, the provincial governor said as he launched the greening initiative on Tuesday. As Gulab Mangal planted a tree in Lashkargah, the provincial capital, he... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Six Taliban commanders were killed in a coalition airstrike in southern Helmand province, officials said on Tuesday. The airstrike was launched in Nahr Saraj district on Monday when a Taliban commander, Rahimi, was distributing... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A man accused of killing seven policemen in southern Helmand province has been arrested, intelligence officials said on Saturday. Muhammad Ghaus had killed the policemen manning a check-post in the Sapyan area of Lashkargah a year... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A police commander was killed and at least seven others were injured on Saturday when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in southern Helmand province, an official said. Commander Haji Zaino was traveling along with several... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Journalists and culturists in southern Helmand province on Friday strongly condemned the acid attack on their colleague in Kabuland asked the government to track down the assailants. They expressed their concern over the incident... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Unidentified gunmen shot dead a tribal elder in the southern province of Helmand, officials said on Friday. The social shura, Mahmud Katib, was gunned down by two motorcyclists on Thursday evening when he was returning home from a... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Four people, including a policeman, were killed in separate incidents of violence in the southern province of Helmand, an official said on Thursday. The policeman was shot dead in a public bathroom by an armed motorcyclist in the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Twenty-seven Taliban fighters were during an operation in the southern province of Helmand, the Afghan army said on Tuesday. The rebels killed in in Greshk, Marja, Nad Ali, Garmser, Musa Qala and Sangin districts during a two-day... read more
KABUL (PAN): Foreign forces killed one civilian and injured another in Nad Ali district of southern Helmand province on Saturday, an official said. The incident happened in the Cha Injir area, a member of the Nad Ali social council, Dr Abdul Karim... read more
 LASHKARGAH (PAN): The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Saturday it was investigating a shooting that led to the death of an Afghan police officer in southern Helmand province. Initial reports suggested the Afghan... read more
JALALABAD/LASHKARGAH (PAN): One fighter was killed and six others were detained by Afghan and international forces during an operation in the eastern province of Nangarhar, officials said on Thursday. The operation was carried out Wednesday night... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus, on Monday praised leaders in Sangin district of southern Helmand province for striking a peace deal with the Taliban. Speaking at a joint press conference with... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): As many as seven civilians lost their lives in separate incidents of violence in southern Helmand province over the past 24 hours, the governor's house said on Sunday. Two civilians were killed when they caught into the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Two civilians were killed when the vehicle they were traveling in struck a roadside bomb in the southern province of Helmand on Saturday, local officials said. The blast took place as a tractor traveling from Sistani area to... read more
LASHKAGRAH (PAN): Taliban fighters, Afghan officials and foreign forces have agreed to a cease-fire in the Sangin district of the southern province of Helmand, the hotbed of insurgents, an official said on Sunday. The ceasefire was agreed at a... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Residents of two districts --Sangin and Kajaki – in Helmand allege civilians were being killed by US forces during an ongoing operation in the southern province. LASHKARGAH (PAN): Residents of two districts --Sangin and... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Four armed Taliban militants have been killed during an operation in the southern province of Helmand, the governor's office said on Monday. The operation involving foreign and local forces was conducted in the Washir district... read more
  LASHKARGAH (PAN): Residents of southern Helmand province on Thursday accused public health ministry of paying no attention to their problems. At Bost Hospital in Lashkargah, the provincial capital, patients and their attendants complained... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A private security company's commander of was killed along with his son during a clash with police in the southern province of Helmand, an official said on Wednesday. The clash took place Tuesday evening when police stopped... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Foreign forces carried out a night raid in southern Helmand province, killing two men who locals said were civilians. The raid happened Saturday night in Lashkari bazaar area of Lashkargah city, as the two men were preparing for... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Residents of the southern province of Helmand are worried over the hike in prices of fuel in the harsh Afghan winter. LASHKARGAH (PAN): Residents of the southern province of Helmand are worried over the hike in prices of fuel in... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A would-be suicide bomber was gunned down before he could attack Afghan soldiers in the southern province of Helmand, the Defence Ministry in Kabul said on Saturday. The bomber-- wearing a suicide vest-- wanted to attack an Afghan... read more
 LASHKARGAH (PAN): An insurgent commander has been killed along with three women of his family during an airstrike by NATO-led forces in southern Helmand province, an official said on Thursday. The Taliban commander, Asmatullah, his mother and... read more
KABUL(PAN): A campaign for destroying illegally built houses around historic places was launched in southern Helmand province on Wednesday. Thousands of houses were constructed illegally, mostly by internally displaced people, around 40 historic... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Hundreds of religious scholars in southern Helmand province called poppy cultivation, production and smuggling an un-Islamic act and urged farmers to cultivate legal plants. LASHKARGAH (PAN): Hundreds of religious scholars in... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A newly constructed building for the National Directorate of Security (NDS) jail was inaugurated in southern Helmand province on Wednesday. The 36-room detention facility cost $647,000, provided by Britain, said the NDS chief for... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Helmand Governor Gulab Mangal said on Tuesday he had discussed the ongoing national reconciliation campaign with representatives of militant organisations in the restive southern province. After the launch of the peace process,... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Five civilians were injured as a result of a bomb blast in Lashkargah, capital of southern Helmand province, on Monday. The explosion happened near a police station at 10:30am when explosives in an auto rickshaw were detonated, a... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A 10-day training workshop for judges and persecutors got under way in southern Helmand province on Sunday. The workshop is aimed to restore the credibility that judges and persecutors have lost due to corruption in government... read more
KABUL(PAN): Eighteen Pakistani armed militants have been killed in an airstrike by NATO-led forces in the Nad Ali district of southern Helmand province, a security official said on Thursday. KABUL(PAN): Eighteen Pakistani armed militants have been... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A new security post has been established on the border between Helmand and Kandahar to improve the security situation on a key highway connecting the two southern provinces, an official said on Monday. Funded by the United States... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Six private security guards have been killed and two vehicles destroyed in an insurgent attack in the lawless southern province of Helmand, an official said on Friday. The fatalities resulted from a daring Taliban assault on a... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Five civilians were killed in two separate incidents in the southern province of Helmand, officials said on Thursday. Three civilians were killed and a woman injured during a clash between the insurgents and foreign troops in the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): One civilian was killed and four others were wounded in a bomb explosion in southern Helmand province on Monday, an official said. The blast took place at 12:50 pm when explosives in a handcart were detonated by a remotely... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A newly-constructed building and a road were inaugurated by the minister of rural rehabilitation and development in the southern province of Helmand on Sunday. Two three-storey buildings for the Department of Rural Rehabilitation... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Five people were killed in a roadside bombing in the southern province of Helmand on Sunday, an official said. The blast took place at 7:30am when a van struck a roadside bomb in the Bashiran area on the outskirts of Lashkargah,... read more
LASHKGARH (PAN): Construction work on different roads measuring about 35 kilometres would soon be launched in the southern province of Helmand, an official said on Saturday. The roads are being constructed in Marja, Nad Ali, Greshk districts and... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Representatives of passenger bus companies have been on a wheal-jam strike over the past two days against the transport ministry's new fare list, creating great inconvenience for commuters. Six heavy passenger buses, belonging... read more
LASHKARGH (PAN): Five Taliban and four civilians were killed in different incidents of violence in southern Helmand province on Wednesday, officials said. Four rebels and two children were killed during a clash between Taliban and International... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Fourteen Afghan prisoners were freed from the US military Bagram Detention Centre, which was recently renamed as Parwan Prison, and handed over to their relatives in the southern province of Helmand on Wednesday. The detainees... read more
 LASHKARGHAH /MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Nineteen Taliban insurgents have been killed a huge cache of drugs destroyed in separate operations in the southern Helmand and northern Faryab provinces, officials said on Sunday. Afghan and Intentional... read more
GHAZNI CITY/LASHKARGAH (PAN): Intelligence operatives have detained five suspected militants with weapons in southern Ghazni province on Monday, officials said. Three insurgents including a commander were captured in Nad Ali district and Lashkargah... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Students are faced with a shortage of teachers and teaching resources in the southern province of Helmand, officials said on Sunday. Dozens of schools have been closed in various areas of the province over the past few years. Fifty... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Interior minister Gen. Bismillah Khan Muhammadi has said that the security situation in Nad Ali district of southern Helmand province has improved. During a visit to the district on Wednesday, the minister said reconstruction... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A joint Afghan-international security force rescued 37 people held hostage by Taliban after an hours-long clash in southern Helmand province, officials said on Saturday. The captives were released from a Taliban jail in the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Seventeen Taliban insurgents have been killed in separate operations involving Afghan and international troops in southern Helmand province, NATO and an Afghan official said on Thursday.   Eleven militants, including a local... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Taliban militants plant roadside bombs on an uncompleted road in southern Helmand province, threatening lives of people in two districts, residents said. The unpaved road connects Nad Ali and Sangin districts to provincial capital... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen. Mueen Faqir, on Wednesday asked tribal leaders and religious scholars to encourage people send their sons into armed forces. Faqir made the call during his address to participants of a gathering... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Owners of reconstruction companies in southern Helmand province on Monday accused donors and the Afghan government of nepotism in awarding contracts for projects. A large number of reconstruction companies had been operating in... read more
KABUL/LASHKARGAH (PAN): Five militants have been killed by Afghan police and coalition soldiers in Paktia and Helmand provinces over the past 24 hours, officials said on Saturday. Farman, a Taliban leader involved in attacks, kidnappings and... read more
 LASHKARGAH (PAN): Governance has improved in Nad Ali district of southern Helmand province, but Taliban-intimidated residents of remote areas avoid visiting government departments to resolve their problems. The Independent Directorate for... read more
 LASHKARGAH (PAN): Funded by US Marines, new buildings for Marja district headquarters and a high school would be constructed with an estimated cost of $1.4 million in southern Helmand province, the governor said on Wednesday. The old building... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Afghan refugees who recently returned from neighbouring Pakistan and Iran to southern Helmand province are complaining about lack of shelter and food at their temporary arrangements. "We were faced with many problems in... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A suicide attack targeting foreign soldiers in the Sangin district of southern Helmand province left one soldier dead on Thursday, the alliance said.The bomber was on a motorcycle when he detonated his explosives, killing two... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Helmand is all set to hold Saturday's parliamentary election, but there will be no voting in four districts of the southern province due to insecurity, officials say.Initially, election officials said there would not be voting in... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Residents in southern Helmand province are calling for a ban on mobile phones with cameras saying they are being used to spread pornography and Taliban propaganda.Some of the local youth are sending pornography to their friends,... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Gunmen riding motorcycles shot dead a policeman and wounded a civilian in southern Helmand province, an official said on Saturday.The shooting took place in Lashkargah, the provincial capital, when the gunmen opened fire on a... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Gunmen riding motorcycles shot dead a policeman and wounded a civilian in southern Helmand province, an official said on Saturday.The shooting took place in Lashkargah, the provincial capital, when the gunmen opened fire on a... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Three policemen were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the Nawa district of southern Helmand province, an official said on Thursday.Police spokesman Sgt. Mahmood Noorzai said the blast in Khasroabad area on... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Four workers of the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) were arrested on the charge of stealing 10 vehicles full of food items in southern Helmand province, an official said on Monday.ARCS head Dr. Ahmadullah Ahmadi told Pajhwok... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A number of candidates from the restive province of Helmand feared the September 18 parliamentary elections would not be transparent in a number of districts due to insecurity.They said not only that their own representatives, but... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Three policemen and seven Taliban fighters have been killed in the southern province of Helmand, an official said on Sunday.Three policemen were killed and a fourth wounded when the insurgents attacked their checkpoint in the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The process of distributing food aid to 750 displaced families and returnees in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, was set in motion on Sunday.The food distribution was launched on the directive of the refugee... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Fifteen prisoners were released from the central jail in southern Helmand province on Saturday, a senior official said.Deputy Governor Abdul Satar Mirzakwal said the detainees were freed in compliance with a presidential decree... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A dozen Taliban fighters, including one of their commanders, and two civilians were killed in two separate airstrikes by NATO-led soldiers in the southern province of Helmand, an official said on Saturday.The first air raid that... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Six civilians were wounded when a bomb exploded in the southern province of Helmand, a police official said on Thursday.The blast took place Wednesday evening near shops of Hindu minority members in Peace Square of Lashkargah, the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) chief said on Wednesday holding the parliamentary election in some areas of southern Helmand province would be unsafe.But Fazal Ahmad Manawi, who arrived in Lashkargah, the provincial... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The Taliban insurgents killed a university student and his father in southern Helmand province, an official said on Wednesday.The killings took place Monday night in the 9th Block area of Marja district, where the militants stormed... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Taliban insurgents killed two people of a family and wounded two others in the southern province of Helmand, officials said on Tuesday.A man and his son were killed for refusing to help the militants, the Helmand governor's... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): An Afghan-international assault force killed a Taliban commander and captured another in separate operations in Helmand province, officials said on Monday.Qari Hazrat Jan was killed in the Kalagaz area of Greshk district during an... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Nine Taliban fighters were killed and 10 others wounded during a clash with police in southern Helmand province Thursday night, an official said on Friday.The clash in the Greshk district broke out when Taliban attacked police... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A senior hajj ministry official has been arrested on the charge of corruption in the southern province of Helmand, the governor's spokesman said on Friday.A number of intending pilgrims had filed complaints of corruption against... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Unknown assailants have blown up a school in southern Helmand province, officials said on Thursday.The attack took place in the Nawroz village of Nad Ali district Wednesday night when armed men planted explosives inside the school... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Several employees of a private security company were killed and injured in a Taliban ambush on their convoy between Greshk and Musa Qala districts of southern Helmand province, an official said on Sunday.Head of the security firm,... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Several employees of a private security company were killed and injured in a Taliban ambush on their convoy between Greshk and Musa Qala districts of southern Helmand province, an official said on Sunday.Head of the security firm,... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The Helmand governor, Gulab Mangal, on Saturday accused neighbouring countries of involvement in a brazen attack that left 25 security guards of a private company and 50 Taliban attackers dead in the Greshk district.Addressing a... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Six policemen were shot dead at their checkpoint in the southern province of Helmand on Saturday, an official said.The incident took place at 4am in Nahr-i-Saraj area of Gareshk district on the Helmand-Kandahar Highway, Daud Ahmadi... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Thirty security guards of a private road construction company were killed and 31 of their check-posts captured by the Taliban insurgents in southern Helmand province, officials said on Thursday.At least 19 security guards of the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Thirty security guards of a private road construction company were killed and 31 of their check-posts captured by the Taliban insurgents in southern Helmand province, officials said on Thursday.At least 19 security guards of the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Afghan and NATO troops attacked an illegal Taliban jail in southern Helmand province, killing 18 people and freeing up to 27 detainees, an official said on Wednesday.The operation took place late Tuesday on the basis of an... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Five civilians were killed and about 20 others wounded when a bomb exploded in a cemetery as mourners were burying a woman, in southern Helmand province, an official said on Monday. The incident took place while residents of Sarwan... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A truck supplying foreign troops crashed into a motorcycle, killing five members of a family, in the southern province of Helmand on Sunday, an official and witness said.The family travelling on the motorcycle had stopped at a... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): As many as seven civilians have been killed in separate incidents of violence in southern Afghanistan, locals and officials said on Saturday.Four people were killed when a mortar shell landed in a populated area in the Babajee area... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Four policemen were killed in a roadside bomb explosion in southern Helmand province on Saturday, an official said.The improvised explosive device, a weapon of choice that the Taliban insurgents often use against Afghan and foreign... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Four policemen were killed in a roadside bomb explosion in southern Helmand province on Saturday, an official said.The improvised explosive device, a weapon of choice that the Taliban insurgents often use against Afghan and foreign... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Several civilians were killed and wounded by a rocket fired into a house by NATO-led troops in southern Helmand province, residents claimed on Friday.The rocket attack happened late Thursday when the Taliban assaulted foreign... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): NATO and Afghan forces have launched an operation to improve the security situation in Nad Ali district of Helmand ahead of the parliamentary election, an official said on Thursday.The operation, involving ISAF soldiers, Afghan... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The Helmand governor on Monday accused the education department of corruption, saying some schools had been closed but the teachers and officials concerned continued to draw salaries.Speaking at a special gathering arranged for the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A prisoner killed two US Marines and as many inmates before he was shot dead by soldiers in the southern province of Helmand, an official said on Sunday.The incident took place late Saturday evening, when the inmate snatched gun... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A powerful explosion killed two people, including a policeman, and injured 16 others in the southern province of Helmand on Saturday, an official said.The remote-controlled bomb, planted in a handcart, exploded in Greshk district... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): More than 100 police graduated from a police training centre in the southern province of Helmand, officials said on Wednesday.The 118 trainees were taught over two months by foreign and national instructors.Of the 118 graduates, 89... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The families of those killed and wounded in a flawed missile attack by NATO forces in southern Helmand province have been provided monetary assistance by an official delegation, an official said on Sunday.The delegation, including... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): An Afghan-international force killed five insurgents during an operation in southern Helmand province, local officials said on Sunday.The pre-dawn operation that started at 3am and continued until 10am in the Nahr-i-Siraj area of... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Hundreds of Afghan and NATO troops launched a one-day operation in parts of Marja and Nad Ali districts in southern Helmand province, an official said on Saturday.The operation, codenamed 'Tor Shazada' (Black Prince), started... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Residents brought the body of an elderly man, who was allegedly killed by foreign troops, to Helmands provincial capital on Thursday and laid the corpse in front of the governor's office as a mark of protest.The protestors allege... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Helmand Governor Gulab Mangal Wednesday granted conditional permission for the reopening of a hospital, run by the Milan-based NGO Emergency, in Lashkargah, the provincial capital.The 70-bed hospital was closed after security... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Helmand Governor Gulab Mangal has lashed out at foreign aid groups for non-cooperation with his government in executing development projects.Mangal was speaking at a gathering held on the campus of the Agriculture University in... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Forty civilians were killed as a mortar shell hit a house during a clash between Taliban insurgents and foreign soldiers in Helmand province, residents said on Sunday, a claim rejected by NATO.Rebels attacked a convoy of NATO-led... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Seven children were injured when coalition forces bombed a village in the southern province of Helmand on Saturday, health officials said.Three girls and four boys were injured in the air strike in Sangin district, the director of... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The Taliban insurgents have shot down a helicopter of foreign forces in the lawless southern province of Helmand, residents said on Thursday.The alliance said two of its soldiers were killed in the crash in southern Afghanistan. "... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The Taliban insurgents have shot down a helicopter of foreign forces in the lawless southern province of Helmand, residents said on Thursday.The alliance said two of its soldiers were killed in the crash in southern Afghanistan. "... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Residents of southern Helmand province say the closure of Emergency Hospital, run by an Italian aid group, has left those in one of the most violent parts of the country without adequate medical care.Emergency was shut down in... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Construction work started on a building for the Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock department in southern Helmand province on Wednesday, officials said.The two-storey building would have 20 administrative rooms and other... read more
KABUL/LASHKARGAH (PAN): Three NATO service-members were killed on Tuesday when an Afghan soldier allegedly opened fire on them in southern Helmand province, the heartland of the Taliban-led insurgency, officials said.The incident occurred in the... read more
LASHKARGAH/KHOST CITY (PAN): A dozen people, including three guards of a private road construction company, were killed and seven others wounded in separate incidents in different parts of the country, officials said on Monday.Five civilians were... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Security forces on Sunday shot and wounded six locals who were trying to prevent officials from tearing down their homes in southern Helmand province, villagers said.But officials denied the security guards were responsible and... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Residents of the Sangin district in southern Helmand province are optimistic the replacement of British troops with the Americans will help bring stability to the town.Hundreds of British soldiers are based in the district,... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): People in the Marja district of southern Helmand province say security has not improved, nearly five months after a major NATO-led operation to clear Taliban from the area.Locals accuse security personnel of keeping safe their own... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Farmers in southern Helmand province claim that foreign troops sprayed chemical on their fields, destroying up to 90 percent of this years the poppy crops.But government officials say the dramatic drop in poppy production this... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A new headquarters of NATO forces for the southern zone was established in the Shor Aab area of Washir district on Sunday.The opening ceremony was attended by governors of Helmand and Nimroz provinces, district chiefs, commander of... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Four Afghan civilians were killed and five others wounded in a bomb explosion in the restive southern province of Helmand on Sunday, an official said.The explosion happened in the main bazaar of the Taliban-infested Musa Qala town... read more
KABUL (PAN): As many as 32 Taliban fighters, including a commander, have been killed and a militant-designated district chief arrested by Afghan and NATO forces during operations in southern Helmand province, the alliance said on Thursday.Around 31... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Two tribal elders have been killed in two separate incidents of violence in southern Helmand province, officials said on Saturday.Gunmen riding a motorcycle shot dead a tribal elder named Ibrahim Khan in the Grishk district, said... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A former provincial council member of southern Helmand has been arrested for suspicion of link to the murder of 'a district official', officials said on Friday.'Deputy district chief of Gramser district', Saifur Rahman, was gunned... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Hundreds of youth donated blood under a voluntary blood donation programme in Lashkargah, capital of southern Helmand province, on Thursday, health officials said.Public Health Director, Enayatullah Ghaffari, told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Taliban sent three suicide bombers to a square in the lawless Marja district of southern Helmand province, where US special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, met American troops on Tuesday.One of the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Helmand governor, Muhammad Gulab Mangal, laid the foundation stone for a health clinic in Lashkargah, the provincial capital, on Tuesday.Speaking at a ceremony held in this regard, Mangal said the project, funded by the province-... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen on Sunday arrived in Lashkargah, capital of southern Helmand province, where he met with troops from his country and local Afghan officials.After meeting the governor, Gulab Mangal, the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Three civilians, including a woman and a young girl, were killed and as many as 18 others wounded on Sunday when two bombs exploded minutes apart in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, officials said.The first... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Police on Saturday started seizing illegal cars in southern Helmand province following a decree by the Afghan president, officials said.Cars brought into the country illegally and those with no registration documents were being... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): An 80-member jirga has been formed in the southern volatile province of Helmand to work for the implementation of decisions taken at a three-day peace advisory jirga held in Kabul earlier this month.The peace jirga in Kabul on June... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Residents of Nad Ali in southern Helmand province are demanding the government ensure completion of a road connecting their district to the provincial capital, Lashkargah.Construction work on the 14-kilometre road was launched... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday said the United Kingdom will provide Afghanistan 200 million pounds over next four years, with a major part of the assistance will be used in southern Helmand province.As his first... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Taliban militants shot down a NATO helicopter in southern Helmand province on Wednesday, killing at least four soldiers, the alliance said."Four ISAF servicemembers were killed after their helicopter was brought down by hostile... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Taliban fighters have hanged a seven-year-old boy, claiming he was passing information to foreign soldiers in the volatile southern province of Helmand, an official said on Wednesday.The gruesome murder took place in the Sarwan... read more
LASHKARGAH/KANDAHAR CITY (PAN): Friends and family of the slain reporter Abdul Samad Rohani marked the second anniversary of his death on Wednesday with a call to the government to bring his murderers to justice.Rohani was freelancing for Pajhwok... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Power supply from the Kajaki dam has been restored weeks after the Taliban allegedly cut supply lines in southern Helmand province, an official said on Sunday.The supply resumed a day after militants allowed government officials to... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A major US-led joint offensive would be launched in two volatile districts of southern Helmand province, a senior official said Saturday.The operation in Sangin and Kajaki districts would be the second biggest move against the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Eight civilians have been killed in two separate attacks in the lawless southern province of Helmand, officials said on Thursday.Four people including a woman were killed when rockets landed in a residential area during a clash... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): People flying between Kabul and Helmand province have demanded Pamir Airlines use a new aircraft for the route, to avoid a repeat of the air crash three weeks ago that killed 43 people on board.Travelers say the plane flying... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Several transport companies operating between southern Helmand and Kandahar provinces have threatened to stop running buses unless security is improved.Muhammad Ayub, an official of the Helmand Bus Company, said armed robbers had... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Helmand residents say nothing has been done about the state of their roads despite pledges by the government and the international community.Last year, the British minister for international development paid a visit to Lashkargah,... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Hundreds of people form the lawless southern province of Helmand on Saturday voiced their support for the upcoming Peace Advisory Jirga.The pledge was made at a gathering, attended by hundreds of tribal elders, religious scholars,... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Four people were killed and 24 others injured in a head-on collision between a passenger bus and a pick-up in the Greshk district of the lawless southern province of Helmand on Thursday morning.The ill-fated bus ploughed into a... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Four civilians and a policeman have been killed in a bomb explosion in the lawless southern province of Helmand, an official said on Wednesday.The fatalities happened as a car carrying the five people struck a roadside bomb in the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A poetry session, attended by Afghan and Pakistani poets, was organised in the capital of southern Helmand province.Poets from Kabul, Nangarhar, Paktia, Paktika, Khost, Maidan Wardak, Zabul, Kandahar and Quetta, the capital of... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Hundreds of families, fearing the resumption of clashes between Taliban and security forces, have fled troubled districts of Marja and Nad Ali in southern Helmand province.The fresh exodus of 400 families from the towns comes... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Three visiting UK ministers on Sunday pledged continued assistance from the British government to southern Helmand province, the world's largest opium-producing region.Foreign Secretary William Hague, Defence Secretary Liam Fox and... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Three policemen were wounded as a suicide bomber crashed his motorcycle into a police vehicle in the restive southern province of Helmand, an official said on Saturday.The incident took place Friday evening in the Noorzai village... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The chief of Musa Qala, one of the most troubled districts in southern Helmand province, on Thursday accused British forces of assisting Taliban fighters.Mullah Abdus Salam, the district chief, who once served as a Taliban leader,... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A guard at a private security company opened fire on his colleagues in the southern province of Helmand on Wednesday, killing two and wounding as many as four, witnesses and an official said.The gunman was then shot dead by other... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Three policemen were killed in separate militant attacks in southern Helmand province, officials said on Tuesday.A group of militants attacked a police post in the Baba Jee district Monday night, killing a policeman and injuring... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The two turbines at the Kajaki Hydroelectric Dam in southern Helmand province cannot meet the area's demand for power, officials say, calling for a third turbine to be installed as soon as possible to prevent a breakdown.Kajaki Dam... read more
LASKARGAH/QALAT (PAN): Twenty-six insurgents, including two commanders, have been killed in joint operations by Afghan and foreign forces in southern Afghanistan, officials said on Saturday.The fighting erupted Friday night in Helmand and Zabul... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Taliban insurgents on Friday claimed downing a US helicopter in southern Helmand province, but an official said the copter had made an emergency landing because of inclement weather conditions.Rebel spokesman Qari Yousaf Ahmadi... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Gunmen stormed the house of a village council member in southern Helmand province Thursday night, killing his son and a daughter, officials said on Friday.Muhammad Akhtar, his wife and a child were wounded in the overnight attack... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Tax revenues for Helmand province reached 142 million afghanis, or about $3 million, a three-fold increase over last year's figure of 47 million afghanis, an official said on Wednesday.Much of the revenue came from local markets... read more
KABUL (PAN): A NATO helicopter was forced into landing after being shot by insurgents in the lawless southern province of Helmand, the scene of a huge military offensive in March, the Western alliance said on Tuesday."An MH-60 helicopter made a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Three private security guards were killed on Tuesday when a bomb planted in their vehicle exploded in southern Helmand province, where fresh fighting overnight claimed the lives of at least 18 Taliban insurgents, officials said.Daud... read more
KABUL (PAN): A NATO helicopter was forced into landing after being shot by insurgents in the lawless southern province of Helmand, the scene of a huge military offensive in March, the Western alliance said on Tuesday."An MH-60 helicopter made a... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Ten people including policemen and civilians have been killed in separate incidents of violence in the restive southern province of Helmand, officials said on Monday.Four policemen were killed and two others injured when their... read more
LASHKARGHAH (PAN): Taliban militants attacked the home of a district council member in the southern province of Helmand overnight, injuring the official and his son, officials said on Thursday.The home of Atlas, a member of the Garamser district... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A large number of locals have fled Marja district due to an increasing insurgency in the former Taliban stronghold, which was captured in a major offensive in February.The operation, which involved 15,000 foreign and Afghan forces... read more

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