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Security threats remain in 2 Helmand towns: MoD

Security threats remain in 2 Helmand towns: MoD

Jan 14, 2016 - 21:05

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Defence on Thursday acknowledged security problems remained in Sangin and Khanshin districts of southern Helmand province, but said operations were ongoing there.

MoD spokesman Daulat Waziri told a press conference here that the security threats in the two districts were posed by landmines planted on roads, in residential areas, near mosques and agricultureinfo-icon fields.

“If the Afghan National Army (ANA) troops don’t take steps carefully, they would suffer heavy losses,” he said, adding that clearing operations in the two districts were on.

Over the past 24 hours, he said, ANA troops conducted 30 operations in coordination with other security forces in different provinces of the country, killing 25 militants, injuring 15 and arresting 18 others.

Meanwhile, Ministry of Interior (MoI) spokesman Sedeq Seddiqi told the same press conference said currently security forces had focused their operations in Helmand province to remove threats posed by militants.

Special police units launched an operation on Wednesday night in Lashkargah, arresting a person with some weapons, he said.

He said the weapons and ammunitions included 10 Kalashnikovs, more than 4000 bullets, a machinegun, a heavy machinegun with 930 bullets, a pistol, 22 hand grenades, a mine defusing device, two police uniform and a pair of ANA uniform.

Separately, 10 Daesh fighters were killed in other operations in eastern Nangarhar province, Seddiqi said, adding operations in Kunduz, Ghazni and Badakhshan provinces were ongoing.



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