Daily Security Brief: August 11, 2011
BADGHIS: Two loaded stores of weapons were seized in northern Badghis province, officials said on Thursday.
The stores belonged to the Taliban named district chief for the Bala Murghab district, Mullah Abdul Rahman, also known as Surkh, National Directorate of Security deputy chief Col. Abubakar told Pajhwok Afghan News.
The weapons are included a heavy machine gun, four rocket-propelled grenade launchers and 15 Ak-47s. No one has yet been detained in connection with the incident, Abubakar said.
-- Abdul Latif Ayubi
HELMAND: Five policemen were killed when Taliban attacked their checkpoints in Awbazan area of Greshk district of southern Helmand province on Wednesday, police chief Brig. Gen. Mohammad Hakim Angar said.
The attackers also suffered casualties during the hour-long clash, Andar said without providing an exact number.
Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi claimed responsibility for the killings.
Meanwhile, a man was detained on the charge possessing 124 kilograms of liquid opium in Nawa district.
-- Zainullah Stanikzai
JAWZJAN: Four Taliban fighters were killed and their commander injured during an operation by Afghan and international troops in the northern province of Jawzjan, officials said on Thursday.
The operation was launched by Afghan Security Personnel and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Wednesday night in Dash-i-Laili area on the outskirts of Shiberghan, deputy police chief Col. Mohammad Ibrahim told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Among the dead was Mullah Nazeer, head of armed commission of Taliban, he said.
The operation started at afternoon and lasted until night, a resident of the area, Hafizullah, said.
Four dead bodies were seen in the area, but it was not clear whether the bodies belonged to fighters or security personnel, he said.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed the death of the two fighters and injuring of two others during the operation but he denied the death of Mullah Nazeer.
LOGAR: Militants abducted three Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers along with their vehicle in the Awni Sofla area near Pul-i-Alam, the capital of Logar province, on Wednesday night, police chief Col. Ghulam Sakhi told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Two of them, including an officer, were later killed by their abductors and the third was still in captivity. The dead bodies were found in the Alozi area on the outskirts of the city, the police chief said, adding that initial reports indicated that the soldiers had surrendered to the Taliban before they were killed.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the fighters had seized a police vehicle, but he had no information whether any soldiers had been killed in captivity. But a local Taliban commander confirmed the abduction of a soldier along with his vehicle.
-- Maqsud Azizi
WARDAK: Four Taliban, including a local commander, were killed in an operation by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in the Chak district of central Wardak province, an official said on Thursday.
Shahidullah Shahid, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the overnight operation was conducted in the Mir Ahmad Khel area of the district.
Meanwhile, General John R. Allen, the Commander of International Security Assistance Force, told a press conference in Washington Wednesday that ISAF had killed Taliban fighter Mohibullah who was responsible for downing the NATO helicopter in the province.
A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said he was unaware of the overnight operation in Chak. ISAF has not commented on the incident so far.
-- Mohammad Karim Farimi
ZABUL: At least one civilian was killed and 24 others injured by a bomb blast in southern Zabul province late Wednesday, an official said.
The blast took place in front of a bathhouse in the Shajoy district, Mohammad Jan Rasulyar, the deputy governor, told Pajhwok Afghan News, adding that the bomb was planted on a bicycle and exploded while people were getting ready for the Iftar.
Nematullah, a local resident, said that the blast was very powerful and occurred when people were entering a bathhouse to take ablution. He added that nearby houses and shops were also damaged.
No one has yet claimed responsibility.
-- Nasim Hotak
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