Taliban sanctuaries: Afghans launch raids in TTP-infested Kunar

By AFP
Published: December 23, 2014
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TTP leader Mullah Fazlullah is believed to be hiding in Afghanistan’s Kunar province, which borders Pakistan’s restive tribal areas. PHOTO: AFP

TTP leader Mullah Fazlullah is believed to be hiding in Afghanistan’s Kunar province, which borders Pakistan’s restive tribal areas. PHOTO: AFP

AFGHANISTAN / ASADABAD: Afghan security forces have launched an operation against militants in an eastern province seen as a rear base for the Pakistani Taliban which carried out a school massacre last week, officials said on Monday.

Pakistan Army chief General Raheel Sharif met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul in the aftermath of the school attack in Peshawar which killed 149 people, mainly children.

General Sharif sought Ghani’s support in defeating the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

TTP leader Mullah Fazlullah is believed to be hiding in Afghanistan’s Kunar province, which borders Pakistan’s restive tribal areas.

Kunar has been the scene of fierce fighting between local forces and the Afghan Taliban for the past 10 days.

“Afghan security forces have launched a joint anti-militant operations in several parts of Dangam district of Kunar province,” Dawlat Waziri, deputy defence ministry spokesman, told AFP.

“So far in the operation, 21 armed insurgents have been killed and 33 others wounded,” Waziri said, adding that seven security personnel were wounded.

Kunar Governor Shujaul Mulk Jalala said more than 1,500 Afghan Taliban fighters attacked remote villages in Dangam.

Jalala said Pakistani Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba militants were also battling Afghan security forces in Dangam.

Pakistan has repeatedly asked Afghanistan to capture and hand over Fazlullah.

Each nation has long accused the other of allowing militants to shelter in the border region and launch bloody attacks that threaten regional stability.

The Afghan Taliban have stepped up their attacks as Nato wraps up its combat operations, which ends on December 31.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 23rd, 2014.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • vaqas
    Dec 23, 2014 - 3:10AM

    why don’t the Taliban apologists, who claim that the Afghan Taliban are such good law abiding people, ask the Afghan Taliban to hand over all the ttp members hiding on their side of the border to us first and then get back to what they were doing.

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  • abc
    Dec 23, 2014 - 8:26PM

    The army should go for special ops and take him out and let afghans know don’t ever dare to come in our way.

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  • افغان ميهان
    Dec 25, 2014 - 4:05AM

    @ ABC

    You should have done something when Salala incident took place and when US Navy Seals executed OBL in Abbotabad. You need to come down to earth from your rarified air and stop drinking all that Rooh Afza.

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