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Daily Security Brief: August 15, 2011

Daily Security Brief: August 15, 2011

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HELMAND: Two police officials were killed and a third injured in a roadside bombing in the Nawa district of southern Helmand province on Monday.

Local police commander Abdul Ahad and his guard were killed in the Basolan area where their car struck the roadside bomb, said Dawood Ahmadi, the governor's spokesman.

A Talibaninfo-icon spokesman, Qari Yousaf Ahmadi, said five policemen were killed in the attack.

-- Zainullah Stanikzai

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JAWZJAN: A number of weapons were surrendered to the Disbandment of Illegal Armed Groups (DIAG) in the northern province of Jawzjan.

Gen. Abdul Manan, the regional director of (DIAG) identified the weapons as 25 Russian guns, 108 rockets, 39 mines, mortars, 326 bullets, 5310 machine gun bullets and a jerry can of explosives. He said the weapons were recovered during an operation by the National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) in Jawzjan.

The unusable weapons will be destroyed, said Brig. Gen. Abdul Aziz Ghairat, the provincial police chief, and the rest will be used for the security of the province.

Since 2004, nearly 2000 different kinds of weapons have been collected from Jawzjan and surrendered to DIAG.

-- Tamkin

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KABULinfo-icon: Three International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service members were killed in two separate improvised explosive device (IED) explosions in eastern Afghanistaninfo-icon Sunday, the alliance said in a statement on Monday.

The NATO-led force did not disclose the victims' nationalities or the exact location of the blasts.

With the latest fatalities, the number of international troops killed in Afghanistan so far in 2011 has increased to 398. Americans have borne the brunt of the casualties.

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KABUL: Twenty insurgents were killed and 17 others detained by Afghan and Coalition forces during operations over the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Interior said on Monday.

Afghan police, army and intelligence officials, as well as US-led troops, took part in the operations in Faryab, Balkh, Kandahar, Helmand, Zabul, Khost, Paktika and Paktia provinces.

Police seized light and heavy weapons from the militants and detained two robbers and three criminals in Kabul province, a statement from the ministry said.

Separately, police seized mortar, artillery shells and BM-1 shells, AK-47 assault rifles, anti-vehicle landmines, hand grenades, a machine gun, one rocket launcher and a pistol.

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NANGARHAR: Three members of a family drowned in a river in eastern Nangarhar province, officials said on Monday. The incident took place on Sunday afternoon in the Chaknori area of Surkh Rod district, the town's administrative head said.

Sayed Ali Sadat told Pajhwok Afghan News the victims drowned while swimming in Kabul River. Two bodies have been fished out while a hunt is on for the third.

--Abdul Mueed Hashmi

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PAKTIKA: Unknown gunmen shot dead two police officials on the Sharan-Mita Khan highway in eastern Paktika province, official said on Monday.

The policemen from Waza Khwa district were killed last evening by their colleagues due to personal enmity, said Mukhlis Afghan, a spokesman for the governor.

A Sharan Civil Hospital official said the policemen's bullet-riddled bodies were transferred to relatives after being brought to the hospital.

-- Obaidullah Kharotai

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ZABUL: The Taliban shot dead a man in the Shah Joi district bazaar in southern Zabul province at around 7am Monday, an official said.

Mohammad Siddiq, the district chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News the man was killed by two motorcyclists in the Najaran Street.

The man had no links to the government, he said, adding the attackers managed to flee the scene, but police have launched a search operation. 

The victim was identified as Habib, hailing from Arghandab district. Niamatullah, a resident of Shah Joy, said the victim was at odds with the Taliban and had migrated to the district.

The Taliban have not yet commented on the incident.

 -- Nasim Hotak

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