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Search operation ongoing in Khamab

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Afghan security forces retook control of Khamab district of Jawzjan province from the Taliban militants. However, clearance operations are ongoing in different villages of the district.

The government lost control of the district around three weeks ago. This victory of Afghan forces came just few days after arrival of the Vice-President General Abdul Rashid Dostum to the province. Dostum said that the militants are using civilians as human shield.

Security officials in the province said that Afghan forces have conducted a house to house search against the Taliban militants.

Khamab district chief, Engineer Ahmad, recently told Azadi Radio that the Taliban militants by mounting insecurity in the district are trying to infiltrate neighboring Turkmenistan.

“Khamab shares border with Turkmenistan. Thus, the militants by increasing their presence in the district want to infiltrate the neighboring country,” he added.

Sultan Faizi, head of the media office of Dostum, said that during Friday’s fighting more than 80 militants flee to an isle in Oxus River. He said that the isle is separating Afghanistan from Turkmenistan. He added that shadow district chief of Taliban along with his family has also escaped to the isle.

Faizi said that Turkmenistan has taken all necessary measures to prevent infiltration of the insurgents to the country.

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