At least 10 insurgents were killed in a clearing operation on Saturday to reopen the road passing through Nari district in southern Kunar province, an official said.
Provincial police chief Abdul Habib Sayedkhel said that rebels had planted landmines on the road between Asadabad, the provincial capital, and Nari district.
It was almost impossible for commuters to travel on the road, he recalled. In addition, the residents of Kamdish and Bargimatal districts in neighboring Nuristan province faced with immense problems because of blockades of the road.
A total of 17 landmines had been defused and insurgents planted 25 landmines on one kilometres area, he informed.
But Taliban’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid rejected casualties suffered by his fighters. He also rejected claims that the road leading to Nari district was blocked.
He rather claimed killing four security personnel in a bomb blast in Nari district.