Security forces have launched clearing operations in northern provinces to improve security in the region and thwart rebel operations, an official said on Tuesday.
The police chief for northern Balkh province, Brig. Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi, told reporters in Mazar-i-Sharif that insurgents wanted to destabilise the northern provinces through by planting mines and conducting attacks.
He, however, said security forces were fully aware of their nefarious designs and thus had launched clearing operations to prevent them from fueling insecurity and spreading fear among locals.
The official informed dozens of land mines were found and narcotics seized by security forces in Mazar-i-Sharif and others districts during the ongoing offensive.
He said security forces were simultaneously conducting similar operations in Kunduz, Baghlan, Faryab and Jawzjan provinces.
The police chief said further information about the operations would be shared with the media once wrapped up.