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Rebel attacks to capture lapis lazuli mine repulsed


Rebel attacks to capture lapis lazuli mine repulsed

Feb 06, 2017 - 16:44

FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): Local officials on Monday said security forces repulsed three attacks from militants to capture lapis lazuli mine in Karan wa Manjan district of northeastern Badakhshan province.

Provincial police chief, Brig. Gen. Ghulam Sakhi Ghafori, told Pajhwok Afghan News the militant assaults began late on Sunday and continued till Monday morning.

Four militants were killed and three others wounded in Afghan forces’ retaliatory attacks, he said.

“This would not be the final attack from the enemy, they may carry out more attacks for capturing the lapis lazuli mine in the district,” he said.

He added the Ministry of Defence (MoD) had deployed special attack helicopters to the area and more troops had arrived from capital Kabul and Faizabad, the capital of Badakhshan, to deal with more possible attacks.

An intelligence official, who wished to go unnamed, said an Afghan Local Police (ALP) member was also killed in the fight.

The Taliban have not yet commented about the incident.