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Highways linking Kandahar with Kabul, Herat reopen

Highways linking Kandahar with Kabul, Herat reopen

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Jun 27, 2018 - 13:24

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): The highways leading from Kandahar to Kabulinfo-icon and Herat were reopened for traffic after one-day closure by Talibaninfo-icon militants in central Maidan Wardak province on Wednesday, officials said.

Earlier, the insurgents had told transporters to stop plying the routes till further orders from the rebel movement. They threatened violators of the orders with harsh punishments.

Mohammad Idris, a Mirwais Neka transport firm an official, told Pajhwok Afghan News the highway was reopened last night. Dozens of vehicles had since left for Kabul and Herat, he said.

He added that the Taliban had warned transporters over the telephone against operating vehicles on the Kandahar-Kabul and Kandahar-Herat highways till further orders.

Abdul Majid, travelling in a bus from Kandahar to Kabul, said he had reached the central capital and there was no issue along the highway.

Near Kabul, the passenger said, the Taliban had blown up a bridge, causing travelers serious problems.

However, provincial police spokesman Zia Durrani said there was no such issue and people could travel without any problem.

The Taliban emerged on the Kabul-Kandahar highway in Maidan Wardak province after 8pm on Tuesday night.

The group’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid asked civilians not to travel till further orders. But the guerrillas have not yet commented on the reopening of the routes.

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