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Afghan army launches operation in eastern district as blast kills 1 in north
Units of the Afghan National Army launched a major offensive in Dangam district of the eastern Kunar province on Monday to evict the armed insurgents and strengthen government control there, an army spokesman in the region said.
"The Afghan National Army (ANA) kicked off fresh operations early Monday morning in Dangam district," spokesman of Army Corps 201 Sylab, Harron Yousufzai, told Xinhua.
About 12 militants were killed and 13 others wounded after the army personnel made progress in the mountainous district bordering Pakistan, the spokesman added.
Militants loyal to the Taliban outfit launched a massive offensive on the Dangam district headquarters' surrounding areas and villages over the past 10 days, an apparent coordinated effort to take control of the district, according to local residents.
The army's offensive is part of a larger operation as the army and border police forces are trying to reach the remote areas and support the local security forces and government-backed local militia or fighters, Yousufzai said, adding "military specialists are working to defuse roadside bombs and landmines recently planted by militants in the areas, as part of the operation."
"The militants have blown up bridges and planted landmines on the roads to target security forces. Our government-back uprising groups have been fighting the Taliban in villages, but they are in shortage of food and weapons," a local leader Muzamen told Xinhua.
Meanwhile, a bomb blast in Kunduz city, the capital of the northern Kunduz province, claimed the life of a police personnel and injured three civilians on Monday, police said.
"The blast took place after a sticky bomb attached to a police vehicle went off near a local bank in central Kunduz city at around midday, leaving one police dead and injuring three civilians including a woman," head of criminal police department in Kunduz city Waisuddin Talash told Xinhua.
[Source: Xinhua, Kabul, 22Dec14]
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