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Militants back in recently cleared Chamtal areas

Militants back in recently cleared Chamtal areas

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Sep 07, 2017 - 23:31

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Militants have staged a comeback in areas they were recently driven from during “clearing operations” in the Chamtal district of northern Balkh province, residents said on Thursday.

Security forces, spearheaded by Governor Atta Mohammad Noor, conducted clearing operations in areas where rebels had captured some security posts.

Tens of rebels were killed in the last month’s operation, with security forces claiming to have recaptured the lost check-posts and purged the area of militants.

But residents claimed the militants were back in some areas after Eidul Adha.

Shikabullah, a resident of Chamtal district, told Pajhwok Afghan News that all rebels fled during the security forces operation before Eid and returned after Eid to Bargha, Jarkala, Nawshar, Alizae, Babaran, Qala Razaq, Nawabad and other areas.

Shukrullah, another resident, termed the security operation as “symbolic.” He said the Talibaninfo-icon often staged comebacks soon after the offensive had ended. “The operation was conducted just to push the insurgents to the mountains,” he added.

A member of the Provincial Council, termed the operation as successful but at the same time demanded establishment of military posts and bases.

Police spokesman Sher Jan Durrani said construction of some military bases and posts was underway in Chamtal district.

He rejected the capture of some areas by Taliban and said there was no major issue in Chamtal. He said if there was any issue, the residents should share it with police.

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