15 Jul 2007

PR# 2007-539

Villagers prevent Taliban extremist crossing border

KHOWST, Afghanistan – During a recent shura, village elders of Chamkani signed a security agreement with ISAF forces here to position an armed volunteer forces along the border, focusing primarily around the Bodkai Pass.

The villagers honored their agreement July 12 when more than 300 villagers from Chamkani District, Paktia province, prevented Taliban extremists from crossing from Pakistan into Afghanistan.

The villagers, a majority of which hail from the Shia tribe, reportedly used non-violent means to deter 130 Taliban extremists planning to attack an ISAF base, according to an ISAF official.

There were no ISAF soldiers involved in this incident.

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