Daily Security Brief: August 17, 2011
BAGHLAN: One policeman was killed after his vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the Baghlane Markazi district of northern Baghlan province late Tuesday, Kamin, the district police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News on Wednesday.
He added the vehicle was also destroyed by the blast, which occurred in the Bande Sang area.
“I heard a loud explosion at around 7pm Tuesday,” said Gul Ahmad Baloch, a local tribal elder who concluded that the bomb targeted a police vehicle, killing only the driver.
A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Majahid, asserted responsibility for the attack, saying that five Afghan forces were killed.
-- Habib-ur-Rahman Shirzai
HERAT: One policeman was killed and another wounded after the Taliban attacked their checkpoint in the Dad Shan area of the Guzara district of western Herat province late Tuesday, Col. Abdul Raouf Ahmadi, the police spokesman for western zone, said on Wednesday.
The Taliban also suffered casualties in the attack, he said, adding that he was unaware of the exact figures.
The Taliban have not yet commented on the incident.
-- Ahmad Quraishi
PARWAN: Three people, including an imam, were detained on charges of involvement in Sunday's suicide attack on the governor's office in central Parwan province, officials said on Wednesday.
The group suicide attack took place while senior officials, including the governor and the provincial police chief, were holding a security meeting. However, they escaped unhurt.
More than 22 people, including 16 government employees, were killed and 34 others wounded during the attack, claimed by the Taliban. The militants said 48 Afghan and foreign soldiers were killed.
The individuals were arrested late on Tuesday night in the Doaghabad area, Brig. Gen. Sher Ahmad Maldani, the provincial police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News. The detainees have been transferred to Kabul for more investigation.
Shah Lala, an area resident, said: "The quick reaction force raided the area late at night and arrested the three people. A fourth suspect was beaten to death by police."
But Gen. Maldani denied police had beaten anyone to death, saying the man died of a heart attack.
HELMAND (PAN): A suicide attacker was killed before he could reach his target in Nad Ali district of southern Helmand province on Thursday. The bomber detonated his suicide vest when police asked him for body search.
Police chief Col. Khadi Khan said the attacker blew himself up 40 meters from police, who escaped unhurt. "We have reports of militants having prepared suicide attackers to kill district officials."
Resident Tila Muhammad said the incident took place near the district centre. The he attacker blew himself on a farm, he told Pajhwok Afghan News.
-- Zainullah Stanikzai
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