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Security firm comes under attack in Helmand

Security firm comes under attack in Helmand

Aug 28, 2010 - 15:20

<!--break--><p>LASHKARGAH (PAN): Taliban killed a guard of a private security firm in southern Helmand province, officials said on Saturday.</p><p>The Taliban had ambushed a vehicle late Friday night, killing one guard and injuring three others, deputy commander of 215th Military Corps, Ghulam Farooq Parwani, told Pajhwok Afghan News.</p><p>The attack happened in Spin Jomat area of Greshk district at 9 pm Friday night, he said.</p><p>But a Taliban spokesman, Qari Yusuf Ahmadi, claimed that six Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed in the attack, a claim denied by Parwani.</p><p>Attacks against private security firms have increased since President Hamid Karzai issued a decree setting a January 1 deadline for all private security companies to shut down.</p><p>On Saturday, coalition troops killed two private security contractors in Maidan Shahr, the capital of central Maidan Wardak province.</p><p>Also on Saturday, the Ministry of Interior said Taliban attacked a police checkpoint in Darqad district of eastern Kunar province.</p><p>Nine Taliban were killed and 12 others wounded in the crossfire in which police suffered no casualties, the ministry said in a statement on Saturday.</p><p>The statement also said that over the past 24 hours, four bombs and a bucket full of explosives had been discovered and defused in Zabul, Herat and Nimroz provinces.</p><p>ss/cas</p>

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