Daily Security Brief: August 16, 2011
BAGHLAN: One local Taliban commander was killed and a fighter detained during an operation in northern Baghlan province, international troops said on Tuesday.
Mullah Zalmay was killed during a joint operation by Afghan and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers in Pul-i-Khumri city, the provincial capital, a statement from the NATO-led force said.
But the provincial police spokesman, Javed Basharat, said they had received no information regarding the operation.
Civilian suffered no casualties during the nighttime raid, involving ISAF helicopters, said a resident of the Dand Ghori area, Mullah Janan.
--Habib Rahman Sherzai
KANDAHAR: Unidentified gunmen shot dead a woman in southern Kandahar province, an officialand eyewitnesssaid on Tuesday.
The incident took place early on Tuesday when unidentified gunmen opened fire on a woman waiting for a car by the side of the road in the Chaoni area, Ahmad Shah, an eyewitness, told Pajhwok Afghan News, adding that the shooters left the scene after the incident.
Zulmai Ayube, the governor’s spokesman, confirmed the incident, saying that the victim was an employee at the Department of Rural Rehabilitation and Development.
Police have launched an investigation to find the gunmen, but there have been no developments yet.
--Bashir Ahmad Nadem
QALAT: Foreign troops have detained seven Taliban fighters, including one of their commanders, during separate operations in southern Zabul province, an official said on Tuesday.
One operation was conducted in the Kara Tash area of Shah Joi district last night. Five Taliban, including a commander named Mullah Lotfullah, were arrested, said Deputy Governor Muhammad Jan Rasulyar.
According to Shahr-i-Safa district chief, Khadi Khan, two men were arrested in the Azartak village on the charges of having links with the insurgents. ISAF confirmed the operation in Shahr-i-Safa.
-- Naseem Hotak
URUZGAN: The transportation department chief of central Uruzgan province was injured in an attack by unidentified gunmen, an official said on Tuesday.
Ahmad Shah came under attack early on Tuesday, when he came out of his home, said Col. Gulab Khan, the provincial crime branch chief.
Uruzgan Civil Hospital Director Dr. Khan Agha Miakhel said Shah was shot in his body. The director is said to be in satisfactory condition after surgery.
-- Ahmad Javed Khpalwak
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