Daily Security Brief: August 2, 2011
FARAH: A National Directorate of Security (NDS) was killed in a bomb blast in the western province of Farah, an official said.
A remote-controlled bomb, planted on a motorcycle, was detonated at 5:30pm when the Anar Dara district intelligence officer was walking through the area.
NDS Director Abdul Samad Shams told Pajhwok Afghan News the commander was going to an area for security assessment. Only the officer was killed in the explosion, he said.
KABUL: Two men were detained on the charge of trafficking 50 kilograms of opium in western Herat province, the Ministry of Interior said on Monday.
The men were carrying the contraband in a van in Gulran district, said Lt. Gen. Baz Mohammad Ahmadi, the counter-narcotics department head at the ministry.
Last month, more than 43 tonnes of drugs were seized and 172 traffickers, including seven foreigners, detained in different parts of the country by counter-narcotics police.
BADGHIS: A surrendered commander was killed and one of his relatives injured when Taliban attacked his house in the northwestern province of Badghis, officials said on Tuesday.
Taliban fighters attacked the house of Abdul Hakim on Monday night, killing him in Qadis district, the head of the governor’s office, Shrafuddin Majidi, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Abdul Hakim joined the peace process last year and had established a checkpoint in Qadis district to help maintain security for the district, he said.
The district chief, Hashim Habibi, said that eight motorcyclists attacked Hakim's home, killing him and injuring one of his relatives.
The commander had four checkpoints in Boom valley of the district, he said.
-- Abdul Latif Ayubi
KANDAHAR: Nine people were killed and three others injured in a head-on collision on Kandahar-Spin Boldak Highway at around 8pm Monday night, an official said on Tuesday.
Zalmay Ayubi, the provincial governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the incident occurred in the Bazosawkay area when a Corolla car collided with a Mazda truck, killing 9 civilians and injuring 3 others, all of them men.
A doctor in the Mirwais Hospital in Kandahar confirmed the arrival of the victims to the hospital and said the injured were in stable condition. Col. Mohammad Jan, provincial traffic chief, confirmed the occurrence and said an investigation team was dispatched to the area.
Traffic accidents have increased in the past few months on roads bound to Kandahar. Traffic officials attribute the increase to fast, reckless driving.
-- Bashir Ahmad Nadem
MAIDAN WARDAK: An alleged commander of Hizb-e-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) led by Gilbuddin Hekmatyar was detained during an operation in the central province of Maidan Wardak, officials said on Tuesday.
The joint operation by Afghan and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was conducted based on intelligence in the Karimdad area of Narkh district, provincial police chief Col. Abdul Qayum Baqi told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Baqi accused commander Azizullah off attacking security personnel and planting roadside bombs in the district.
Azizullah was arrested in the house of Dr. Abdul Matin in the Myakhel village of the area, the governor’s spokesman, Shahidullah Shahid, said.
-- Hakim Basharat
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