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Security forces kill 6 rebels in N. Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD, Dec 28 (KUNA) -- At least six rebels were killed and three others were wounded during a security forces operation in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan, said officials on Saturday.
The 209th Shahin Military Corps spokesman, Maj. Mohammad Reza said that the weeklong operation by the Afghan National Army (ANA) and police ended on Saturday. He added that two militant hideouts were destroyed and 12 villages in Atta Khan area were cleared of fighters as a result of the offensive. He said that two army soldiers were also wounded.
The Civil society council members of Afghanistan, in a recent meeting with United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) representatives, expressed concerns over insecurity in the province. They demanded more security during the upcoming presidential elections and said that if the situation remained unchanged, people neither would be able to cast their votes nor candidates dare launch their election campaigns.
The Shahin Military Corps spokesman said, "The operation was aimed to set up security checkpoints in the areas and improve the security environment for the upcoming election campaign." According to local media reports, a Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousaf Ahmadi, claimed to have killed four soldiers of ANA during the offensive. The upcoming presidential and provincial council polls are scheduled to take place on April 5, 2014. (end) sbk.ajs KUNA 281659 Dec 13NNNN