Daily Security Brief: August 7, 2011
BADGHIS: Unidentified gunmen abducted Abdul Zahir, a local tribal elder, in Qala-e-Naw, the capital of the western province of Badghis, officials said Sunday.
Col. Muhammad Jabbar Salih, the chief of provincial police, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Abdul Zahir represented a tribal council of three villages in Qala-e-Naw. The tribal elder went missing from Kharistan in the provincial capital, he said, adding that the abduction was carried out for ransom, but he gave no further details.
He added that initial investigations revealed that the tribal elder had been taken to the Qadis district of the province.
Haji Abdurrahim, a cousin of the elder, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the kidnappers had asked for 1.5 million afghanis in ransom.
Similarly, an influential tribal elder was abducted from Karokh district of neighboring Herat province five months ago.
-- Abdul Latif Ayubi
Abdul Malek, an eyewitness, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the incident took place late on Saturday in the Pashta area when unidentified gunmen threw hand grenades and opened fire at the convoy parked in a terminal in the area.
Five masked assailants managed to flee the scene shortly after the attack, he said, adding there were more than 50 fuel tankers and tractor-trolleys in the terminal at the time of the attack. Most of the trucks were either torched or damaged.
Samad Khatak, a worker of the Rescue Department (Rescue 1122), said that 16 fuel tankers and container-loaded trucks had been gutted and the firefighters managed to control the fire after three hours. No casualties had been reported, he added
Elsewhere, unidentified gunmen destroyed a health center and three schools in the Akakhail area of Khyber Agency, a local tribal elder Mira Khan Afridi told Pajhwok. Rebels had planted explosives in the area and detonated them, he added.
-- Wasim Yousufzai
Maj. Gen. Khair Mohammad Timor, the provincial police chief, said the operation was conducted in the Omar Khel village. A local Taliban leader, Noor Ali, was detained and an AK-47 recovered from his possession.
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