About a week after government forces launched an operation on the positions of Abdul Ghani Alipour, commander of the popular resistance forces in Maidan Wardak province, Mohammad Yasin Zia, the Acting Minister of Defense says he has escaped from the Behsud district and security forces will find him.
Speaking at a joint news conference with Hamdullah Mohib, the National Security Adviser, and Abdul Sabur Ghaneh, the deputy Minister of Interior, Zia said that government forces are working to arrest Abdul Ghani Alipour.
“Alipour has disappeared from the area, or escaped, or is missing, or is hiding,” he said. “He is not a big issue and we will find him.”
In the meantime, the acting Minister of National Defense stated that the operations of government forces in the Hese Awal of Behsud district of Maidan Wardak district were not against the people, but against Alipour’s men.
He also referred to the destruction of buildings during the operation, saying that a team of government forces had deployed there to repairs them.
Mohammad Yasin Zia also added about the collapse of the army chopper in Behsud that its remains are now in the possession of the government and more investigation is being done on this issue.
About seven days ago, government forces attacked positions belonging to Abdul Ghani Alipour following the downing of an army helicopter in the Hese Awal of Behsud district. The helicopter crashed on Wednesday last week, killing nine people, including four crew members and five government forces.