Yao Jing, the Chinese Ambassador to Kabul, on Wednesday paid a visit to Eshkashem district in north-eastern Badakhshan province and said insurgent activity in the north of Afghanistan is a threat to the region.
Yao said that Beijing is currently working with Kabul and other countries in the fight against insurgency “to prevent their influence in China.”
“We are concerned that the insurgents or the terrorist movements in this region is a threat not only to China but I believe to Afghanistan itself, to Tajikistan and to all neighbors,” he said.
He visited the district to review the security situation and also to increase assistance to Afghanistan in its fight against insurgents.
“In fact we are working with your government, with the regional countries. First we are working for anti-terrorism, second we are increasing our capacitybuilding and certainly we have more regional consensus and coordination as far as anti-terrorism is concerned,” he said.
One of the Taliban’s military commanders in Badakhshan, Qari Mahrab, along with his 25 fighters, has joined the peace process.
Maharb said he was the intelligence commander for both local and foreign terrorists in Badakhshan.
According to him, 11 years ago he received military and religious training at terrorist centers in Pakistan. He then started carrying out anti-government and insurgency activities along with fellow fighters in Wardoj district of Badakhshan.
“Eleven years ago I got lessons in Pakistan and for seven years I have been with Taliban and I was on all Taliban’s battle frontlines,” Maharab said.
He said he played a key role in the collapse of many parts of Badakhshan, especially in the collapse of Yamgan and Wardoj districts.
At least 27 Taliban insurgents including three key local leaders of the group were killed during clearing operations in northeastern Badakhshan province of Afghanistan.
According to the local government officials, the militants were killed in Raghistan district during the “Kokcha 07′ clearance operation.
Provincial governor’s spokesman Ahmad Navid Frotan said the three key local Taliban leaders have been identified as Mawlavi Nasir Ahmad Farooqi, Fasihullah Sultani, and Mullah Samiullah Shamil.
He said at least 32 militants were also wounded during the operations and 12 villages were cleared from the militants presence.
Frotan further added that 2 security personnel also lost their lives and six others sustained injuries during the same operations but the local residents did not suffer any casualties.
The Taliban militants group however rejected the report regarding the heavy casualties of the group’s militants during the operations.
Taliban insurgents killed 2 more passengersA major Taliban attack was repulsed in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan following hours of heavy clashes between the Afghan security forces and the Taliban insurgents.
Provincial police chief Gen. Mohammad Qasim Jangal Bagh said the Taliban militants launched a coordinated attack in the early hours of Monday morning.
He said the attack was launched from four angles in Qala Zal district but the Afghan forces effectively responded to the Taliban fire.
According to Jangal Bagh, at least 6 Taliban insurgents were killed and 3 others were wounded during the gun battle.