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Taliban release 20 civilians kidnapped in Oruzgan

Khaama Press / March 28, 2015

Taliban have released 20 residence of Kajran District of central Daikundi province who were kidnapped by the group in Oruzgan province last week.

Juma Gul Burdi, police chief of Daikundi province told Khaama Press on Saturday that Taliban released these civilians withe their belongings yesterday but they arrived in Daikundi province this morning.

He said that all of the civilians are released unharmed and they are having good health condition.

He adds that the release was secured through the mediation of local elders without any conditions from Taliban.

Habibullah, acting governor of Daikundi says that because of the conflicts between security forces and Taliban in Kajran District (Daikundi), Taliban kidnapped Kajran residence in neighboring Oruzgan province last week.

Zamin Poya, district governor of Kajran had warned last week that around 500 Taliban who are equipped with light and heavy weapons are fighting with the security forces and if additional troops do not arrive, Kajran may fall to the hands of Taliban.

33 militants killed in Afghan raids

KABUL, March 28 (Xinhua) -- About 33 militants have been killed during separate cleanup operations in Afghanistan, said the country's Interior Ministry on Saturday.

"Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) launched cleanup operations in Nangarhar, Parwan, Badakhshan, Kandahar, Wardak, Logar, Ghazni, Herat, Farah and Helmand provinces over the past 24 hours, killing 33 armed Taliban members," the ministry said in a statement providing daily operational updates.

Some 14 militants were wounded while nine others were detained by the ANSF during the raids, the statement added.

The security forces also found and seized weapons, the statement said, without adding if there were any casualties on the side of the security forces.

The Taliban insurgent group, which has been waging an insurgency of more than one decade, has yet to make comments.

Pakistani forces kill 15 militants in Khyber

Press TV / March 28, 2015

Pakistan says at least 15 suspected militants have been killed during an exchange of fire in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber tribal region near the Afghan border.

The Pakistani military said in a statement that its forces launched an attack after spotting a group of militants near a military post in the Khyber region’s Tirah Valley on Saturday.

“Troops on post valiantly engaged terrorists and surrounded them, intense gun battle took place,” the statement said, adding that three Pakistani soldiers were also wounded in Saturday’s battle.

Khyber is one of the regions on Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan which have been a hideout for Takfiri militant groups, including al-Qaeda and the Pakistani Taliban, during the past years.

Pakistan’s military launched its offensive in Khyber in October last year, four months after a similar operation began in the volatile North Waziristan tribal area.

The North Waziristan operation came after a deadly raid on the Karachi International Airport ended the government’s faltering peace talks with pro-Taliban militants.

The operation has so far claimed the lives of over 1,200 militants, according to Pakistan’s army.

Since 2001, when the Pakistani government entered an alliance with the United States in its so-called war on terror, many Pakistanis have lost their lives in bombings and other militant attacks in the country.

Farkhunda Killing Case: Suspects referred to judiciary

Khaama Press / March 28, 2015

The files of 28 suspects arrested after the brutally killing of Farkhunda have been reffered to Attorney General’s Office for indictment and prosecution.

A statement issued by the Ministry of Interior states that the 28 suspects have been referred to judiciary while further questioning is ongoing to arrest others involved in the killing.

In the meantime, spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office in a press conference on Saturday acknowledged receiving the files and said that they will proceed with the case in accordance with law.

Farkhunda, 27, an Afghan girl was brutally beaten to death and her body was burned in the heart of Kabul near Shah Do Shamshira mosque last Thursday.

The cruel act prompted wide condemnation in Afghanistan and abroad asking Afghan government to drag those responsible to judiciary.

The cruel act also sparked demonstrations by thousands of ordinary civilians across the country calling “Justice for Farkhunda”.

A fresh protest was jointly made by men and women civil society activists in restive Paktika province on Friday who called the act as “Inhuman” and sought severe punishment for the culprits.

Doctor Laila, a participant of the protest said that they are now waiting for justice from judiciary.

It was not less than a risk for this group of women to come in front of media and voice in support of justice for the brutally killed helpless Afghan girl.

Paktika is among the restive provinces of Afghanistan where in the most parts it is considered a shame for women to come in front of media, participate in civil society activities or go to school.

Sushmita Banerjee, an Indian author and health worker who was encouraging female for education and serving as a health worker was shot dead by insurgents in Sharana, provincial capital of Paktika province In September 2013.

Banerjee had chosen to live in Paktika province after marrying an Afghan businessman.

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