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Military stepping up efforts to improve security in restive Batikot

AT-KABUL: Military officials have said they are stepping up efforts in a bid to tighten security in tumultuous Batikot district of eastern Nangarhar province.

Pro-government forces have teamed up with security forces in eastern parts of the district to reinforce security in the area, with an ongoing campaigning period and a nearing landmark parliamentary election.

Head of the 4th Unit of the 201st Silab Corps Qand Agha Sapai said new outposts have been erected and outfitted by the government. Public uprising forces which have been recruited from the area will be deployed in these outposts.

The statement quotes Sapai as saying that broader military operations have been going on since the past few months in Batikot district, which have suppressed Taliban fighters there.

“Nearly 80pc of the district’s territory has been cleared from Taliban’s presence by Afghan security and defense forces in collaboration with the pro-government forces, and areas are under control of the army and public forces,” he asserted.

Over the past few months, 60 Taliban fighters have laid down their weapons and surrendered to Afghan forces, because of increasing pressures and military crackdowns, he said.

This is as Batikot District Chief Abdul Wahab has said that the government has sponsored and armed only 300 public uprising forces in the district; but over 1,000 public soldiers have been voluntarily involved in security arrangements there.

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