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New solar year ‘Operation Khalid’ to commence tomorrow

New solar year ‘Operation Khalid’ to commence tomorrow

Mar 20, 2019 - 18:20

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): On the eve of new solar yearinfo-icon, the Ministry of Interior on Wednesday announced launching ‘Operation Khalid’ against militants and said first grade security arrangements were in place to celebrate the Nawroz festival day one.

The Nawroz festival that beings tomorrow marks the start of the New Persian Year 1398.

Interior Ministry acting spokesman Nasrat Rahimi told journalists in Kabul that elaborate security arrangements had been put in place to enable the Afghans to celebrate the new year in a peaceful environmentinfo-icon.

He said police, the army and intelligence forces had been assigned duty in coordination with each other in order to prevent any untoward incident.

Rahimi urged the people to cooperate with security forces and report them about any suspicious activity.

The new year’s first day is celebrated though special events each year in Kabul, Mazar-i-Sharif, Heart, Kandahar, Jalalabad and other provincial capitals. The major celebration takes place on this day in Mazar-i-Sharif.

Last year, a suicide attack on a Nawroz celebration killed 31 people and injured 45 others in central capital Kabul. Daesh had claimed credit for that attack.

The Interior Ministry spokesman said security forces intensified their offensive operations against insurgents during the outgoing year and the move resulted in huge losses to the rebels and reduction of casualties among the security forces.

He said 6300 joint operations were conducted against the insurgents during the outgoing year, in which 650 militants, including their shadow governors, district chiefs and notorious commanders, were killed.

The period saw security forces confiscating 1754 light and heavy weapons, defusing 4150 landmines, Rahimi said, adding 22200 individuals were detained in connection with 15700 crime incidents during the year.

Without going into details, he said the outgoing year saw the crime graph plunging by 10 percent in Kabul and by 25 percent across the country compared to the previous year.

He said security forces conducted 3700 operations against narcotics and destroyed 148 drugs storages and 40 laboratories and seized 657 tonnes of drugs and detained 4246 individuals.

Rahimi said the Operation Khalid would be launched on the day first of Nawroz and offensive raids would be increased against the insurgents.

However, a Talibaninfo-icon spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid in a statement said the launch of the Operation Khalid was a symbolic move to boost the morale of the government forces.

“This operation will achieve nothing,” he added.


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