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MoD Probing ‘Suspicious’ Choppers land in Taliban Controlled District in Sar-e-Pul   

(Last Updated On: May 9, 2017)
D Probing ‘Suspicious’ Choppers land in Taliban

Afghan Defense Ministry probing the “unconfirmed” two choppers land incident in Sayad district of northern Sar-e-Pul province which is under control of the Taliban armed group.

A number of Sar-e-Pul provincial council members and Sayad residents on Sunday expressed concerns on the overnight land of two helicopters in the district which 90 percent controlled by the Taliban.   

“Combat operations are underway in the areas where the claim of choppers’ land has been made. We are probing this issue, the Corps commander has taken the responsibility of leading the combat and investigating the case,” said the Defense Ministry Spokesman, Dawlat Waziri.

The provincial governor neither confirmed nor denied the incident. He said there were rumors in the past as well about the possible choppers land in the district but the choppers departure and modality were not identified.

“The helicopters land for supplying purposes has followed reactions once in the past as well but unfortunately we did not have documents to prove,” said Sar-e-Pul governor, Zahir Wahdat.

Following the matter, some critics believe the government is not capable of defending the under controlled territories and the Taliban supporters are using these territories to supply the insurgent groups.

“Government should heed to this case, if they know which country is behind the issue, then it must be addressed through diplomatic channels with these countries who are backing the militants,” military expert, Miagul Khalid said.

This comes as previously the governor of northern Kunduz province confirmed the Russian helicopters arrival in Imam Sahib district of the province.  

Last year, a Pakistani Mi-17 chopper carrying seven on board was crashed in Arza district of the eastern Logar province.

Reported by Ali Asghari, Edited by Shakib Mahmud

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