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AFP: 500 Taliban mass near Kandahar city: police
500 Taliban mass near Kandahar city: police

2 hours ago

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AFP) — About 500 Taliban rebels have massed in two villages near the Afghan city of Kandahar, a police commander said Monday, as security forces prepared for an operation against them.

"More than 500 Taliban have massed in two villages in Arghandab district," which is not very far from southern Kandahar city, Sayed Agha Saqeb, provincial police chief told AFP.

"We're preparing to launch an operation on them," he added.

The police chief said "tens of families" fearing fighting in Nghan and Char Kolba villages had already moved to the city.

He would not confirm whether the group of Taliban included 400 rebels who escaped from a jail after a brazen attack on Friday.

Taliban militants used suicide bombs to help free more than 1,000 prisoners including hundreds of militants.

Afghanistan's defence ministry and the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Kabul said they were redeploying troops to respond to a "potential threat" from the escaped prisoners.

Defence ministry spokesman General Mohammad Zahir Azimi said several Afghan army units were dispatched and more units were on their way to the restive province.

NATO officials said the force was "redeploying to meet potential threats" from escaped Taliban rebels.

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