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Lashkargah-Sangin road opens after year-long closure

Lashkargah-Sangin road opens after year-long closure

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Apr 16, 2016 - 15:06

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Afghan security forces were able to reopen the road leading to troubled Sangin district of southern Helmand province after remaining closed for one year, an official said on Saturday.

Maj. Gen. Mohammad Moin Faqiri, the 2015th Maiwand Military Corps commander, told Pajhwok Afghan News the road between Sangin and Lashkargah, the provincial capital, was reopened for traffic as a result of months-long military offensive.

During the operation, he said, a dozen Talibaninfo-icon militants were killed and some others were wounded and 150 landmines planted on the road defused.

Baryalai Nazari, a member of the provincial council, confirmed the road had been reopened, but said only security forces could travel on the road and civilians were yet to be allowed to commute.

But Karim Khan Atal, the provincial council head, rejected the road had been reopened, saying the operation to reopen the road was just “exhibitionist.”

Talban’s spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmdi said fighting between Afghan security forces and the Taliban for control over the highway was still underway. He claimed the rebels hit four surveillance aircrafts of security forces.

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