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Daily Security Brief: July 25, 2011

Daily Security Brief: July 25, 2011

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BADGHIS: Two Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed and three others injured in a roadside bombing in the Qadis district of western Badghis province on Monday.

The explosion took place when an ANA vehicle hit a a roadside bomb in the Dara Boom area, said Col. Mohammad Jabbar Saleh, the provincial police chief said. The army vehicle was badly damaged.

The Talibaninfo-icon claimed responsibility for the attack. Their spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said five soldiers were killed in the explosion.

-- Abdul Latif Ayubi

FARAH: A schoolteacher was beheaded by unidentified gunmen in western Farah province, an official said on Monday.

Abducted two days ago, Sharafuddin's decapitated body was found in the Pushti Raud district, the deputy police chief told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Col. Mohammad Ghaus Malyar said they had launched an investigation to determine the cause of the murder.

Director of Educationinfo-icon Attiqullah said he did not know why Sharafuddin, a professional teacher, was kidnapped and killed.

-- Shaiq

HELMAND:  5 children were injured in a battle in the Greshk district of the southwestern province of Helmand Saturday, Daud Ahmadi, the Helmand governor’s spokesman, said Monday.

Two Taliban motorcyclists opened fire on an ISAFinfo-icon helicopter in the Nahre-e-Saraj region of Greshk district, he said. The ISAF helicopter was not hit and pursued the fighters to a house. The children were injured when the helicopter targeted the house from the air, he said.

In a statement, ISAF confirmed the incident, saying the strike had targeted a known insurgent, and that the five injured children had been evacuated to an ISAF hospital.

Ahmadi said two injured children had been released and three others were still in the hospital.

The Taliban have not commented.

-- Zainullah Stanikzai

KABULinfo-icon: One International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service member was killed in a Taliban attack in western Afghanistaninfo-icon on Monday, the alliance said in a brief statement.

It is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities.

But a statement by the Italian Defense Ministry quoted by some media sources says that an Italian soldier was killed and two others were injured Monday in western Afghanistan during a clash with Taliban. The soldiers were on a joint patrol with Afghan troops in the Bala Murghab valley when the fighting broke out, according to the statement. Two Italian soldiers were injured in the fighting, one seriously, the statement adds.

The soldier's death would bring to 41 the number of Italians who died in Afghanistan since their deployment in 2003. Italy has more than 4,000 troops taking part in the NATOinfo-icon-led coalition in Afghanistan.

NIMROZ: A man was detained on the charge of drug trafficking in the southwestern province of Nimroz, an official said on Monday.

The detainee was smuggling 51 kilograms of heroin, 20 kg of opium and seven kg of chemical to Iran in his truck, the provincial police chief said.

Brig. Gen. Abdul Jabbar Purdali told Pajhwok Afghan News that police detained the man, hailing from southern Helmand province, near Zaranj on Sunday afternoon.

A man who wanted to smuggle 40 kg of drugs in his car from Zaranj to Kang district of the province was arrested three days back.

-- Ramin

TAKHAR: The Taliban killed Commander Mullahinfo-icon Sarfaraz, who joined the peace process two weeks back, in northern Takhar province, the provincial police chief, Brig. Gen. Khair Mohammad Timor, told Pajhwok Afghan News on Monday.

He said the incident took place on Sunday night in the Sar Chashma area of Ashkasham district.

After pledging support to the authorities, Sarfaraz was recruited into the local police force, said Abdul Hanan Hakimi, the district police chief.

Azizullah, an area resident, said unidentified gunmen opened fire on the commander before escaping on their motorbike.

Zabiullah Mujahid, the Taliban a spokesman, claimed responsibility for the killing, saying the victim was working for the National Directorate of Security.

-- Nader Azizi

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