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LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Only 60 percent of high school graduates on Wednesday appeared in the university entry test (Kankoor) in southern Helmand province, officials said. More than 2500 students completed high school Helmand this year but only... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Afghan officials said on Wednesday that foreign troops’ assistance was needed in strengthening security and ending the conflict in southern Helmand province. Bashir Ahmad Shakir, who heads security committee of the... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Police seized an explosives-land car in southern Helmand province on Friday, but the driver had managed to flee, officials said. Police on Friday morning chased a suspicious car and captured it in Wali Karam Hadeera area of... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The Taliban insurgents are in control of 40 percent areas of southern Helmand province, a hub of poppy cultivation, a senior public representative said on Sunday. The provincial council chief warned if security officials did... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Renovation of an agricultural research farm was launched on Thursday in the southern province of Helmand, officials said. The Bolan Research Farm in Lashkargah, the provincial capital, would be renovated at a cost of $35... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The provincial police chief on Sunday rejected rumours that the Marja district of southern Helmand province had fallen to the Taliban, saying there had been some problems now addressed. Brig. Gen. Abdul Rahman Sarjang told... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The Taliban on Wednesday overran the Khanshin district entre in southern Helmand province after fierce clashes with security forces, said a public representative. Karim Atal, the provincial council chief, told Pajhwok Aghan... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The process of distributingimproved wheat seeds to growers has been set in motion in southern Helmand province, officials said on Monday. Acting Director of Agriculture Shukrullah Shakiri told Pajhwok Afghan News the seeds... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The mysterious killings of policemen have increased as a result of negligence on the part of security officials in the southern province of Helmand, the governor said on Sunday. During an exclusive interview, Mirza Khan Rahimi... read more
LASHKARGAH/JALALABAD (Pajhwok): At least 36 militants have been killed and a dozen wounded in clearing operation and clashes in different parts of the country, officials said on Tuesday. A statement from the 215th Maiwand Military Corps said 33... read more
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
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): 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):  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): 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
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): 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
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): 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): 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): 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): 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/ 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): 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/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): 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): 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): 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): 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): 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): 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
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): 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): 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): 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): 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): 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): 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): 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
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): 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): 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): 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
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): 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 (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): 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
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): 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
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
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
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
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): 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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