Daily Security Brief: July 17, 2011
LOGAR: Three civilians were killed and as many others wounded during a drone attack in central Logar province, but NATO said militants planting roadside bombs were targeted in the attack.
The governor's spokesman, Din Mohammad Darvesh, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the airstrike was carried out in the Babos area near Pul-i-Alam, the provincial capital, late on Sunday. Three civilians were killed and three others were wounded in the attack, he said.
The air raid came after a clash between foreign troops and insurgents. There were no casualties during the gun-battle, Darvesh said.
After the clash, the airstrike targeted nomads who were grazing their sheep, the official said.
Witness Habibullah said the drone killed three people and injured 11 others, including children. Several houses were damaged in the incident, he said.
The deputy provincial police chief, Col. Wahidullah, confirmed the incident.
But NATO in a statement said that four insurgents were killed when they were planning roadside bombs near Pul-i-Alam.
-- Maqsud Azizi
BAGHLAN: Two people were killed and 8 others wounded when an unknown armed man attacked a wedding ceremony around midnight in the Mullah Khel village of the Central Baghlan district of northern Baghlan province, an official said on Sunday.
Javid Basharat, the spokesman for Baghlan police headquarters, told Pajhwok Afghan News on Sunday that the dead and injured included children. He added that the attacker had not yet been identified but an investigation has been launched.
Gul Badin, an eyewitness, told Pajhwok Afghan News: “Boys and youth were dancing when an armed masked man suddenly entered the house and opened fire.” Dr. Musadiq, the head of Baghlan Civil Hospital, said the injured were rushed to the hospital and said two of them were in critical condition. He added that six of the injured were discharged from the hospital after receiving first aid.
-- Habibu-ur- RahmanShirzai
FARAH: Six national army soldiers and seven Taliban militantswere killed during a clash in BalaBaluk district of Farah province, officials said on Saturday.
Another eight soldiers and 14 militantswere injured during the firefight, Col. Mohammad GhousMalyar, a provincial intelligence chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
He said the gun battle lasted three hours.
Another security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the injured soldiers were in critical condition. He said the dead rebels included a group leader.
Taliban spokesman QariYousufAhmadi said that at least 25 foreign and local soldiers and two fighters were killed. He accused foreign troops of killing civilians in airstrikes, a claim rejected by the alliance.
ISLAMABAD: Unidentified gunmen killed two people, including a child, and destroyed a NATO supply tanker in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar, officials said on Sunday.
The incident that triggered a huge blaze took place in the Karkhano area late on Saturday night when some motorcyclists opened fire at fuel tanker moments before the vehicle was blown up, a shopkeeper told Pajhwok Afghan News.
In the incident, Haji Jehanzeb said, two people were killed and seven others wounded. The fire engulfed five markets, including SS Plaza, Khyber National, Shenwari, and Royal markets.
A doctor at the Hayatabad Medical Complex said three five of the five injured people brought to the hospital were in critical condition. The dead bodies were taken to the Lady reading Hospital.
Local police believed the tanker was blown up by a magnet bomb attached to it.
MAIDAN WARDAK: Militants killed four Afghan National Army soldiers in the Onakhi area of central MaidanWardak province, officials said on Sunday.
Sayed Abad district chief Dr. Muslim told Pajhwok Afghan News that the Taliban militants asked the four soldiers to get out of their car and then killed them. He said the soldiers were unarmed and wearing civilian clothing. The MaidanWardak district chief, Haq Nawaz Haqyar, confirmed the incident but provided no further details.
No one has yet claimed responsibility for the incident.
TAKHAR: Foreign troops detained two suspected insurgents during an operation in northern Takhar province, an official said on Sunday.
The operation was carried out in the Sarai Sang area late on Saturday night, police chief Brig. Gen. Khair Mohammad Timor, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
He said the operation was aimed at clearing parts of the province of insurgents. Two suspects were arrested during the operation, he added.
But a resident of the area, Ahmad Khan, said the foreign troops had taken away a man and his son.
The ISAF media office in Kabul confirmed that two suspects were arrested during the operation in Takhar.
In the capital Kabul,police seized 120 weapons from a truck and arrested two suspects on the southern outskirts of the city, officials said on Sunday.
The weapons were captured at a police check-post in the Sang Navishta area late on Sunday night, the 101st Asmaie police zone spokesman said.
Hashmatullah Stanikzai told Pajhwok the guns meant for smuggling into southern provinces were skillfully placed in the truck. He added the detainees were being interrogated.
The police spokesman said that two mines attached to trucks carrying supplies for foreign troops were defused. The convoy was heading to Logar from Kabul.
Meanwhile, a remote -controlled bomb placed under a small bridge in Qala-i-Abdul Rauf area of Mosihi district was found and defused by police.