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Daily Security Brief: July 16, 2011

Daily Security Brief: July 16, 2011

Jul 16, 2011 - 15:23

KABULinfo-icon: An International Security Assistance Force (ISAFinfo-icon) soldier was killed following an improvised explosive device attack in southern Afghanistaninfo-icon on Saturday, the alliance said in a brief statement Saturday.

Separately, ISAF said that another of its soldiers died following an insurgent attack in western Afghanistan today. It is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities. But the spokesman for the Farah governor said that a US soldier had been killed in that western province on Friday.

311 ISAF troops, including 220 US soldiers, have been killed in Afghanistan since the beginning of 2011.

--Hakim Basharat

KURRAM, PAKISTANinfo-icon: Seven occupants of a vehicle were killed and two others wounded after it was attacked by unknown armed men in Pakistan's northwestern Kurram tribal region, which borders eastern Afghanistan, an official said on Saturday.

Hamid Hassan, a local tribal elder, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the attack occurred around 2pm Saturday afternoon near the Saddah Bazaar in lower Kurram.

The region has been the site of much conflict between two rival religous groups -- Sunny and Shiite -- over the years. 

A local security official, who wished to remain anonymous, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the factions launched attacks against each other. The source said three womeninfo-icon were also among the dead.

-- Wasim Yousofzai

NANGARHAR: ISAF forces arrested 3 militants Friday during an operation in the Sorkhrod district of Nangarhar province, according to an ISAF statement delivered to Pajhwok Afghan News.

The statement said the militants were involved in bombing and armed attacks. Local sources confirmed the operation.

-- Abdul Mueed Hashimi


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