GARDIZ (Pajhwok): Local security officials on Thursday said a large operation was underway in the Dand Patan district of southern Paktia province to combat militants in the region.
Last Monday, militants attacked several border police posts in the district and took control of some of them. Later, border police and commandos conducted a major operation to retake control of the posts.
Brig. Gen. Abdul Basir Khpalwak, the 202nd Border Zone commander, told Pajhwok Afghan News around 70 rebels were killed and 35 others wounded during the operation.