Armed members of Amn Jirga or private militia formed to fight against Taliban and al-Qaida militants, patrol in the area where their leaders came under attack in the suburb of Peshawar, Pakistan on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010. The remote-controlled bomb attack took place Tuesday morning, apparently targeting their leader. No causality is reported. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)
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The city of Lashkar Gah in Afghanistan southern region witnessed firing of three rockets that claimed at least one life and injuring two others on Wednesday.

Armed members of Amn Jirga or private militia formed to fight against Taliban and al-Qaida militants, patrol in the area where their leaders came under attack in the suburb of Peshawar, Pakistan on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010. The remote-controlled bomb attack took place Tuesday morning, apparently targeting their leader. No causality is reported. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)
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The attacks, which claimed the life of a school student and injured two more civilians, took place amid the visit of Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah to Lashkar Gah, causing panic among the locals.

Lashkar Gah is the capital of Helmand province, 555 km south of Kabul, and it is the main target of Taliban militants over the past couple of years.

Abdullah traveled to Lashkar Gah on Tuesday to inspect the security situation in the poppy growing Helmand province, where Taliban militants have been fighting over the past several years to re-establish their rule in the strategically important province along the border with Pakistan.

Abdullah was in the major city in southern region on Wednesday morning when the rocket attacks happened.

In a meeting with security officials in Lashkar Gah on Tuesday, Abdullah directed the security apparatus to defeat militants before the arrival of spring in the troubled province.

According to local observers, Taliban by firing rockets on Lashkar Gah, demonstrated their ability and wanted to give the message that the armed outfit can target any place whenever they want to.

The rocket attacks have added to the concerns of Lashkar Gah residents, as many shops remained closed and the bazaar seems deserted on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, spokesman for Helmand’s provincial government Omar Zawak has blamed Taliban militants for firing the rockets, saying the militants by organizing such attacks want to terrorize the people.

Taliban militants who are in control of parts of Helmand province and have been fighting to overrun Lashkar Gah city has yet to claim responsibility for firing rockets and harming civilians. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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