Afghan forces destroy LeT camp at Af-Pak border; kill commander
On the night of June 29, Afghan Security Forces (ASF), in a two hour operation, destroyed Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) camp at the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
The operation also resulted in two Lashkar cadres being killed including LeT commander Abu Bakar from Khyber Agency in Pakistan, whose body was left on the Afghan side.
During the action, two members of ASF also died and five were injured. The operation took place close to Durand Line at Spinzara near Durbaba area of Naizan district of Nangarhar. Durand Line is the name of Afghanistan Pakistan border and the area of operation is in the eastern province of Nangarhar that borders Pakistan.
The action by ASF came after Lashkar-e-Taiba reportedly established camps in Wargah and Tordarah on the border and were launching attacks on Afghan forces from there. Members of the Taliban were also present during the operation.
According to sources, the causalities on LeT and Taliban side is much higher as the dead and injured were taken by those who were fleeing back to Pakistan in vehicles.
The development comes even as Pentagon in its report on Afghanistan said, “Afghanistan-Pakistan border region remains a sanctuary for various groups” and this includes Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT).
Recently, a United Nations report said that about 6,500 Pakistanis foreign terrorist fighters are present in Afghanistan including 1,000 belonging to Pakistan based terror groups like Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Taiba.
The report said most of the Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Taiba fighters are co-located with Taliban fighters and are hand in glove with them.
Meanwhile, European Union heads of mission have expressed their concerns on the escalation of violence by saying, “The attacks by the Taliban against Afghan National Defence and security forces are undermining the prospect for Intra Afghan negotiation, this must end and a full-fledged ceasefire enter into force.”
EU mission strongly condemned the “targeted killings” which have “risen sharply in recent weeks” directed against the clergy, journalist, media workers, and human rights defenders.
“The violence must stop now and an immediate humanitarian ceasefire put in place” and “a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire is a subsequent step that needs to accompany the infra afghan negotiations”, it said.