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‘117 rebels killed in last 2 weeks’

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AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: At least 117 militants have been killed and 10 others received injuries during 24 joint operations in the eastern Nangarhar province in the last two weeks, provincial police chief said.

Addressing a press conference, Lt. Gen. Abdur Rahman Rahimi said dozens of other people were detained in connection of different crimes while police seized hundreds kilograms of drugs during that time.

He added the operations were conducted in Achin, Nazian, Haska Mina, Khogyani, Pachiragam, Bati Kot and Ghanikhel districts of Nangarhar and Jalalabad, the provincial capital.

During the operation, 74 other suspects were detained and 36 different types of weapons, 1,544 bullets and 11 bombs seized, he added.

“43 people have been detained in connection of kidnapping, murder, robbery, land grabbing and some other crimes,” he said, adding that some of the convicts were also showed to the media.

According to him, children who have been trained to carry out suicide attacks are also among those arrested. He said that police had many achievements in the counternarcotics area in last two weeks.

“Our detective agents were able to seize 1,424 kilograms of hashish, 51 kilograms of opium and 47 kilograms of heroin and 22 suspects along with 11 vehicles were detained in their trafficking,” he said.

Moreover, hHe said operations for elimination of militants, controlling crimes and drug trafficking and other destructive activities had been accelerated.

However, Nangarhar residents complain about worse security situation than any times before in the province.