Local officials in Ghor said military operations are underway in the province over the last month to clear some areas of militants and boost security as the presidential election is getting closer. 

Ghor governor Ghulam Nasir Khaze said the public uprising forces have also joined the operations.

He said that dozens of militants have been killed in the operations.

“We have had good achievements in the operations. Over 90 militants were killed in the operations,” the governor said.

Public uprising forces said the Taliban attacked western parts of Feroz Koh, the center of Ghor, two months ago and that they are trying to push them back with the help of Afghan Defense and Security Forces.

“We will continue our operations. We will defend our country,” said Yasin, member of public uprising forces.

“We call on the government to help security forces in their operations,” said Karim, member of public uprising forces in Ghor.

The operations are underway in four areas including Jam, Maidanak, Bara Khana and Baidan areas along Herat-Ghor highway, Ghor Police Chief Mohammad Amin Ahmadzai said.

“We have launched ground and air operations in the western parts of Feroz Koh [city] in which the militants have suffered heavy losses,” he said.

Security officials said the operations will continue until all security threats are removed in the western province.