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Nangarhar: 168 militants eliminated in 3 weeks

Nangarhar: 168 militants eliminated in 3 weeks

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Jul 25, 2017 - 18:27

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): As many as 168 insurgents have been killed during three weeks of an ongoing operation in eastern Nangarhar province, the provincial police chief said on Tuesday.

Lt. Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi told a press conference in Jalalabad, the provincial capital, that at least 53 rebels were also injured in the joint operation backed by air support. Most of the dead and wounded militants were loyal to Daesh group. They included foreign fighters as well, he said.

Rahimi also said police had nabbed 183 people accused of various crimes in Jalalabad and districts and the arrests had lowered the graph of crimes.

During the three weeks of the operation, Nangarhar police seized 1,098 kilograms of various kinds of drugs from eight vehicles. The drugs included 73 kgs of heroin, 64kgs of opium and 961kg of hashish, he said, adding 13 accused persons had been referred to the attorneys.

However, local residents complain about increasing targeted killings, kidnappings and the presence of irresponsible armed men, robbers, and other criminals in the province. They ask the government to give more attention to protection of people’s lives.

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