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Helmand: 3 Taliban-linked heroin-making labs bombed

Helmand: 3 Taliban-linked heroin-making labs bombed

Dec 21, 2017 - 19:46

LASHKARGAH/MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Airstrikes destroyed three heroin-making factories allegedly run by Taliban militants in the Kajaki district of southern Helmand province last night, officials said Thursday.

A statement from the Helmand governor’s house said the drugs processing factories were bombed on Wednesday night at about 8pm in Sher Mullah village of Gandam Rez Ada area.

The governor’s spokesman, Omar Zwak, confirmed the incident and said US forces carried out the airstrikes.

The governor’s house statement said in three Taliban gunmen were killed and two others wounded the same district, Kajaki, after they stormed Afghan National Army posts.

Separately, four Taliban militants were killed and three others wounded during a direct engagement with security forces in Mahajir Bazaar area of Greshk district, the statement said.

The governor’s spokesman also confirmed the clash.

But another reliable government source told Pajhwok Afghan News that three ANA troops were killed and two others wounded.

Elsewhere in northern Balkh province, security forces have arrested 19 Taliban militants alive in Chamtal district, a spokesman for the 209 Shaheen Military Corps said.

Nasrullah Jamshidi said the insurgents were captured by commando forces during an operation on Wednesday night in Fatimakhel village of the district.

He said the individuals had been arrested based on intelligence reports and accused of them of planning subversive activities.

Balkh security officials on Thursday rejected claim the Taliban had captured Qaltaq village in Sawlatabad district.

Police spokesman Sher Jan Durrani said the rebels used to appear at night in separate locations, but it did not mean they had captured the village.