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Daily Security Brief: July 18, 2011

Daily Security Brief: July 18, 2011

Jul 18, 2011 - 12:10

FARAH: Two Talibaninfo-icon fighters were killed during a cleanup operation by Afghan National Army (ANA) and police on Monday in the Khake Safed district of western Farah province. Also in Farah, two of 30 residents of the Tot region who were kidnapped 10 days ago have been killed.

The dead bodies of two Taliban with their weapons were recovered by police during the ongoing operation, deputy police chief Col. Mohammad Ghaws Malyar told Pajhwok Afghan News. Neither civilians nor security personnel suffered casualties in the operation, he said.

The Taliban has not yet commented on the incident.

Major Mohammad Ghous Malyar, the chief intelligence official of Farah province, said Monday that 16 of the kidnapping victims were released on July 16, and that Farah officials and elders were working for the release of the remaining abductees. The Taliban claimed to have kidnapped 35 local police who had come to the Tot and Moghulabad regions on holiday.

-- Shaiq and Ahmad Quraishi

GHORinfo-icon: Three employees of the Etisalat Telecommunications Company in the Dulina district of the western province of Ghor late on Sunday, an official said on Monday.

They were kidnapped from the Bandbora area while installing an antenna, said Abdul Hai Khatebi, spokesman for the Ghor governor. Police have begun to investigate but no one has yet been arrested, he said.

No one has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.

-- Rasouli

KABULinfo-icon: The National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon)   detained several fighters and seized some explosives and weapons in the capital Kabul, officials said on Monday.

An NDS statement said the operation took place over the past 24 hours. The same source said that a Pakistani national, who was planning suicide attacks, was arrested with two AK-47s, several shells, and other weapons in the fifth police district. It says that one insurgent was killed and three others arrested in the Mosahi district.

It said another insurgent was arrested in Pul-i-Charkhi trying to enter Kabul. The NDS said the matters are under further investigation.

-- Sultana

KABUL: Two ISAFinfo-icon service members were killed in an improvised explosive device attack in southern Afghanistaninfo-icon Sunday. Separately, three ISAF service members were killed in an IED attack in eastern Afghanistan on Monday.

In accordance with its policy, ISAF disclosed neither the exact location of the incidents nor the nationalities of those killed.

KANDAHAR: The Registan district police chief was killed on Monday in a roadside bombing in the southern province of Kandahar, officials said. Separately, two children were injured in another roadside bomb blast in the Hajji Arab area on the outskirts of Kandahar City.

District police chief Wali Mohammad was killed at around 8:00 am in an area between the Registan and Spin Boldak districts, deputy police chief Sher Shah Yousufzai told Pajhwok Afghan News. He said initial reports indicated that a policeman had also been killed in the blast.

The governor’s spokesman, Zalmay Ayubi, said the explosion that injured the two children occurred at around 9:00 am. The children were in stable condition, said a doctor at Mirwais hospital on condition of anonymity.

-- Bashir Ahmad Naadem

MAIDAN WARDAK: One Taliban militant was killed and two others injured by their own explosives while planting a roadside bomb in central Wardak province, the governor's spokesman, Shahidullah Shahid, said.

The explosion took place at 7 am in the Takani area of Jalrez district, he said.

The injured militants were detained by security forces, he said. The Taliban has not yet commented on the incident.

-- Mohammad Farid Karimi


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