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Operations underway to ensure polls security: MoD

Operations underway to ensure polls security: MoD

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Sep 10, 2018 - 21:42

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Ministry of Defense (MoD) spokesman Ghafoor Ahmad Javed on Monday said the Afghan forces have launched operations to ensure security for the upcoming elections.

Addressing a press conference here, the MoD spokesman said the ongoing operations were aimed at paving the way for Afghans to participate in the parliamentary and district councils’ elections in ‘a sound and safe environmentinfo-icon.’

He said clashes were ongoing in a number of provinces and the Talibaninfo-icon and other terrorist groups were trying to challenge the election process and create fear and concerns among Afghanistaninfo-icon people.

He stressed on ANDSF capabilities and said: “our forces are more capable than ever before and they have inflicted heavy causalities to the enemy. We can go after enemies anywhere in the country.”

He said: “Taliban shadow district governor in Burka district of Baghlan province was killed along with his eight militants as a result of airstrikes carried by Afghan Air Forces (AAF).”

To a question about posts and bases falling to the rebels in Baghlan provinces, Javid said in Baghlan, it should be clear that ANDSF checkposts or bases had never fallen to the enemy.

“Sometimes due to pressure and for better responding and fighting against enemy, there is tactical withdrawal; but it doesn’t mean that base is fallen to the enemy.”

He said Afghan Air Forces carried out air strikes in Baghlan province, inflicting heavy causalities to enemy and killed Mullahinfo-icon Saifuddin, the Taliban shadow district governor in Burka district along his eight militants.

About reports that a number of checkposts have fallen to the enemy in Sar-i Pul province, he said the Afghan forces had withdrawn from their check posts in Sari Pul.

He said additional reinforcement from Jawzjan province had reached Sari Pul to bring the situation under control with all strength.

He confirmed ANA casualties in last night clash with Taliban militants in Daimirdad district of central Maidan Wardak province, but provided no figures.

There were reports that 68 ANA troops killed in Daimirdad after Taliban forces stormed the district police headquarters.

“We have causalities (in Daimirdad), figures will be shared later. Ground forces have been deployed and they have the support of air forces. As a result of our airstrikes 54 Taliban fighters were killed.

Javid said Taliban and other terrorist groups could not make any problems except cultivating fear in people’s hearts.

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