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Daily Security Brief: July 2, 2011

Daily Security Brief: July 2, 2011

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GHAZNI:  One child was killed and two others injured when a rocket hit a house last night in Ghazni City, the capital of southern Ghazni province, deputy provincial police chief Col. Mohammad Hussain said on Saturday. The three children all belonged to the same family.

The rocket came from eastern outskirts of the city, hitting a civilian house in the Tawheedabad area near the provincial reconstructioninfo-icon team (PRTinfo-icon) office. The house had extensive damage. Dr. Ismail Ibrahimzai, chief of Ghazni Civil Hospital, confirmed admitting three injured children to the hospital. He said one child died of his injuries there.

Insurgents regularly target military centres, government offices and security forces in Ghazni.

-- Mirwais Himmat & Yaqubi

HERAT: Two people were detained on charges of murdering a provincial attorney, officials said.

Mohammad Sayed Rahimi, the Ghuryan district attorney, was killed while going home from a funeral ceremony, said Col. Noor Khan Naikzad, the western zone police spokesman.

The spokesman also said that some weapons and explosives had been recovered from the suspects.

-- Ahmad Quraishi

FARAH: Two civilians were killed and another injured late Friday night when their car hit a roadside bomb in southwestern Farah province, provincial deputy police chief Col. Mohammad Ghaos Malyar said Saturday.

The incident occurred in the southern zone of the Bakwa district. The injured passenger was taken to the district clinic and his condition is reported to be stable.

-- Ahmad Quraishi

JAWZJAN: Unidentified gunmen kidnapped three Turkish engineers in the northern province of Jawzjan, police said Saturday.

The three were working with a trade company dealing in animal skins called Post Aaq Muradbai Company. They were seized from the Khwaja Dokoh-Shabarghan highway on Friday night on their way to neighbouring Faryab province, provincial police chief Ibrahim told Pajhwok Afghan News.

See Pajhwok's story.

-- Tamkin

KANDAHAR: Four civilians were killed in two back-to-back roadside bomb explosions in southern Kandahar province, according to a statement issued by the governor's office Saturday. In two separate traffic accidents Saturday, 11 people were injured in a head-on collision on the Kandahar City-Spin Boldak highway, and three killed and three injured on the Kandahar-Herat highway in the Maiwand district. Elsewhere in the province, six insurgents were killed in an ISAFinfo-icon airstrike, according to the provincial media office.

The roadside bombs detonated in the Maroof district. The first blast killed two people as they crossed the road. The second killed two who rushed to attend to the victims. Security officials blamed insurgents.

The Kandahar-Herat highway accident occurred Saturday morning. A woman was among those killed.

The Kandahar City-Spin Boldak highway accident occurred at around 2:00 pm near the Kandahar Airfield, according to traffic official Col. Mohammadullah Khan. A military commander in the airfield, Gen. Abdul Hameed Wardak, said that seven of the injured, who were private security guards, were brought to a healthinfo-icon facility at the airport. One of them is in critical condition.

Traffic officials say most of road accidents are a result of carlessless on narrow roads and violation of traffic rules.

-- Bashir Ahmad Nadem

KUNAR: More than 100 Talibaninfo-icon insurgents were killed in a joint operation by Afghan and foreign troops in the Wata Pur district of eastern Kunar province, the governor said on Saturday. Elsewhere in Kunar, Ghaziabad district chief Musafir Qayumzai was kidnapped along with three other people, provincial governor Sayed Fazlullah Wahidi.

See Pajhwok's story on the joint operation, and Pajhwok's story about the district chief kidnapping.

-- Khan Wali Salarzai

KUNDUZ: One insurgent was killed and another held by coalition forces in northern Kunduz province, ISAF said in a statement on Saturday.

The operation was launched Friday night in the Chardara district of the province. The statement said the fighters were members of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, and that the two had planned attacks on Afghan and international troops.

-- Waheedullah

KHOST: Two policemen were injured in a remote-controlled bomb blast in south-eastern Khost province on Saturday, Police Chief Brig. Gen. Sardar Mohammad Zazai said.

The blast occurred in the Maton area of Khost City, the provincial capital, while police patrolled the area. The explosive was planted in a tree. The injured were rushed to the civil hospital and according to Zarzai are in stable condition.

-- Mirwais Himmat & Yaqubi

LAGHMAN: Two people were killed and six others injured during a rebel attack in eastern Laghman province, area police commander Lt. Col. Safa said Saturday.

The attack, targeting tribal elder Maulviinfo-icon Alam, who survived, occurred late Friday in the Kakas area of Qarghaee district.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack and claimed that six policemen were killed in the attack.

-- Obaidullah Bedar

LOGAR: Five Taliban were killed and three more arrested after sustaining injuries in a joint Afghan and ISAF operation in central Logar province, provincial police chief Col. Ghulam Sakhi Rogh Lewanai said Saturday. Elsewhere in Logar, three civilian laborers were killed and two injured in a Taliban attack while working on a police checkpoint.

The Friday night Afghan and ISAF operation was conducted in the Bazaar area of Charkh district. Mullahinfo-icon Abdul Hai, Mullah Saboor, Mullah Khalil and Mullah Rahim, who Lewanai said seemed to be key local Taliban figures, were among the dead.

Confirming the operation, the provincial governor’s spokesman Din Muhammad Darvish said those killed had been involved in bombings and other disruptive activities in the Charkh district. He said four Kalashnikovs, two rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), two machine guns and some explosives were recovered during the operation.

“It was around11:00 pm when helicopters came and dropped soldiers in the area,” said Dil Aqa, 36, a resident of the Bazaar area. He said the operation targeted two houses frequented by suspicious people and led to the death and injury of the houses’ occupants.

The Taliban have not commented on the incident in Bazaar.

The Taliban did however claim responsibility for the attack on the police checkpoint, which occurred in the Khoshi area of the province, where security incidents are relatively rare. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed the attack killed three police officers and injured four others.

See Pajhwok's story.

-- Maqsud Azizi

NANGRAHAR: Four policemen were injured when a bomb exploded in eastern Nangarhar province, the governor’s spokesman, Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, said Saturday.

The blast struck a police vehicle late Friday in the Zarmakhel area of the Chaparhar district.

The wounded were taken to hospital and their condition was stable, he said. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack, claiming two policemen were killed and as many others injured in the blast.

-- Abdul Moueed Hashami

ZABUL: Thirteen civilians, including womeninfo-icon and children, were killed in a mine blast in the Shamalzo district of the southern province of Zabul Saturday morning.

The explosion occurred in the Zanzeer area of the border district, completely destroying a car full of refugees returning from Pakistaninfo-icon to the Nawa district of Ghazni province, Mohammad Jan Rasolyar, deputy governor of Zabul, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

See Pajhwok's story.

-- Nasim Hotak

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