Daily Security Brief: July 23 2011
FARAH: The dead bodies of two individuals who were kidnapped by the Taliban were found in Delaram district of the southwestern province of Nimroz, officials said on Saturday.
The two victims were among 30 residents who were kidnapped by Taliban militants in the Tot area of Gulestan district in Nimroz on July 12, said Brig. Gen. Abdul Jabar Purdely, a police chief commander in Nimroz. The Taliban claimed they had kidnapped 35 off-duty members of the Afghan Local Police.
Farah security officials previously announced that four of those abducted 20 days ago had been killed. The latest victims bring that number to six.
According to Mohammad Ghaws Malyar, provincial deputy police chief, the Taliban released 16 of the abductees on July 16.
The Taliban has not yet commented on the killing of the two individuals discovered on Friday.
MAIDAN WARDAK: Two Taliban were killed and one injured after International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) targeted an insurgent weapons depot Friday night in the Chak district of the central province of Wardak , local officials said on Saturday.
Shahidullah Shahid, spokesman for the provincial governor, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the aerial operation was conducted by ISAF and targeted a Taliban arms depot and communications apparatus in a mountain near the Bum area of the district. The strike destroyed the depot and communication system, he said.
Two Taliban fighters were killed and another wounded, Shahid said. The injured Taliban fighter was later arrested by security forces near Maidan Shahr Pass while being transported to Kabul for treatment.
The Taliban has not commented on the incident.
Meanwhile, one policeman was injured in a result of mine explosion in Maidan Shahr around 7am Saturday, provincial governor's spokeman Shahidullah Shahid said.
The explosives had been placed in a flower vase in the central square of Maidan Shahr, he said.
The injured policeman was taken to the civil hospital and is in stable condition.
Samiullah, a witness, recalled seeing a huge explosion.
No one claimed responsibility.
-- Farid Karimi
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