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Cross-border insurgent attacks increasing in east

Cross-border insurgent attacks increasing in east

Apr 18, 2013 - 20:45

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Heavily armed insurgents continued to sneak into eastern Kunar and Nangarhar provinces from Pakistaninfo-icon through the Durand Lineinfo-icon to conduct attacks on Afghan forces, governors of the two provinces told a high level meeting in Kabul on Thursday.

Chaired by President Karzai, the meeting at the Presidential Palace was also attended by Interior Minister Mujtaba Patang, senior Defence Ministry, intelligence officials, provincial governors and provincial security officials, a statement issued from the Karzai Office said.

Kunar governor Fazlullah Wahidi and Nangahar governor Gul Agha Sherzai briefed the meeting on the security situation in their respective provinces, the statement said.

In their briefing, the two governors said insurgents had intensified their cross-border attacks into the eastern region from Pakistan on Afghan forces.

"These elements cross the Durand Line into eastern provinces from Pakistan for terrorist activities which require remedial measures to be tackled," the governors said in their reports.

The meeting asked all security organs to enhance their cooperation and coordination in maintaining security in the border provinces and doing away with such elements in order to ensure peaceful atmosphere for residents.

There has been an upsurge in rebel activities in eastern provinces. Sixteen Afghan troops were killed last week in insurgent attacks on their posts in Kunar.


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