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Special Forces torch 10 shops in Helmand’s bazaar

Special Forces torch 10 shops in Helmand’s bazaar

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Dec 16, 2018 - 16:51

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): At least 10 opium selling shops were torched and one suspect detained during a Special Forces operation in southern Helmand province, an official said Sunday.

Omar Zwak, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News that NDSinfo-icon 03 unit raided a marketplace “Amir Agha bazaar in Daweshan area of Garamser district late Saturday night.

He said a small clinic and an explosives depot belonging Talibaninfo-icon insurgents were destroyed in the operation. One suspect was detained and one vehicle and six motorcycles were destroyed, he added.

NDS personnel also confiscated one pistol and several bullets and two shops of computer were also destroyed, Zwak informed. Civilians suffered no casualties. The militants had left the area before the raid.

Meanwhile, a security official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said four opium selling shops belonging Taliban and another six belonging to civilians were set afire during the overnight raid.

Haji Pacha, a resident of the area, said all the torched shops belonged to ordinary people who suffered millions afghanis losses.

The Taliban also confirmed the raid. Their spokesman, Qari Yousaf Ahmadi said civilians’ shops were burnt during the joint Afghan and foreign forces raid. He said ordinary people suffered millions afghanis in damage.

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