IED explosions decrease 50%: Afghan official

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The number of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks and roadside bombings in the militancy-hit Afghanistan have dropped down nearly 50 percent, spokesman of Afghan Defense Ministry Zahir Azimi said Wednesday.

"The numbers of IED attacks and roadside bombings have decreased almost 50 percent over the past couple of weeks in comparison to the past couple of months," Azimi told a weekly press conference here.

He said that the special engineering teams of Afghan National Army (ANA) had detected and neutralized 485 roadside bombs over the past one month.

"A raise in capability and capacity of special ANA engineering teams to detect and defuse roadside bombs has caused a reduce in the IED explosions," he emphasized.

Taliban militants have largely depend on planting IEDs and organizing roadside bombings to target Afghan and NATO-led forces over the past nine years but the explosive devices often claim the lives of non-combatants.

Briefing the reporters on the process of transition of security responsibility to Afghan security forces, Azimi said the process will begin in 2011 but it would depend on the capacity of Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).

"The process of security transition will begin in 2011 and would continue unitl 2014 but it would depend on the capacity of ANSF," he stressed.

He also said the NATO-led forces after transfering security responsibility to Afghan troops will have a supportive role to Afghan forces in conducting operations.

"Foreign forces might be engaged in training of Afghan forces and providing logistic su pport," he stated.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai in an international conference held in Afghan capital Kabul last July set 2014 as a date for ANSF to take full control of Afghanistan security that paves the way for NATO and U.S. forces to begin withdrawal from the war-torn country.

Source: Xinhua


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