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Pakistani among 17 insurgents held in Nangarhar

KABUL: At least 17 insurgents, including Pakistani, allegedly involved in attacks on border security forces were arrested in Dur Baba district in eastern Nangarhar province, officials said Monday.

Lt. Gen. Fazal Din Ayar, the 301st border police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News the detained rebels were planning an ambush on Afghan security forces in Dur Baba district.

Mudassir, a notorious commander from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, was among the rebels. The arrested men were mostly Pakistani and Afghan militants.

“The militants were carrying out attacks on Afghan security forces, planting roadside bombs and involved in kidnapping of civilians”, he added.

Ayar said security forces remained unhurt in the ambush and the militants were handed over to intelligence agencies for interrogations. The security forces seized huge arms cache and two vehicles from militants.

Ahmed Zia Abdulzai, the governor’s spokesman, praised the security forces raid and said: “The militants were travelling to Dur Baba districts for carrying out terrorist acts when they were nabbed by security personnel.” However, Taliban have not yet commented on the incident.

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