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The last 24 hours have seen fewer engagements with insurgents. Despite this relative calm, IEDs and insurgent gunmen continue to pose a threat to civilians and security forces.
Afghan national security forces are taking the lead in responding to local incidents, including a suicide IED attack in Lashkar Gah that killed eight Afghans and wounded 16. Afghan national police immediately responded to the attack site outside the Transport Department and bus station. ANP officers coordinated medical support, cordoned off the scene and gathered evidence as part of their investigation.
Approximately 3,600 central Helmand residents have registered in the provincial capital as internally displaced persons. Residents are reportedly returning to cleared areas.
District Governor Habibullah held a community Shura in Nad-e Ali.
Supported by the district community council and ANSF, the shura allowed 450 people an opportunity to voice their concerns.
Signs of commercial growth continue. A market in northern Nad-e-Ali opened for the first time in 18 months, selling goods and livestock to over 200 customers. The new patrol base at 5 Ways Junction is now operational. The Afghan Gendarmerie are deployed in several new communities with an additional 100 officers expected soon.
The operation is being conducted at the request of the Afghan government and the governor of Helmand. The security forces involved are serving side-by-side, representing partnership in strength.