Daily Security Brief: August 20, 2011
FARYAB: Two people were killed and a third injured in separate incidents in northern Faryab province, a doctor said on Saturday.
One man was killed and another injured late on Friday night when a truck flipped over on the Almar-Maimana highway, Abdul Ali Halim, the civil hospital chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Separately, a young man died due to a short circuit while turning on a generator after a power breakdown in the city.
KABUL: Nine suspected militants were killed and six others detained during security operations in different parts of the country, the Ministry of Interior said on Saturday.
Afghan police, backed by the army, intelligence agents and coalition forces, conducted the operations Kabul, Parwan, Kandahar, Ghazni, Paktia and Herat provinces.
Afghan forces also seized light and heavy weapons, a statement from the ministry said. An anti-vehicle mine hit a civilian truck in the Muqar district of Ghazni province, killing two civilians.
In southeastern Paktia province, a civilian motorbike struck a roadside bomb in Yahyakhel district, the ministry said, adding two civilians were martyred in the blast.
KUNAR: Three policemen were killed and four others wounded when Taliban attacked their checkpoint in the eastern province of Kunar, officials said on Saturday.
Taliban attack the police checkpoint on 2am in the Shagai area on the outskirts of Asadabad City, the capital of Kunar, Governor Syed Fazlullah Wahidi, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Three dead bodies and four injured policemen were taken to Asadabad Civil Hospital, director of public health, Dr. Asadullah Fazli, said. The policemen were in stable condition, he said.
The policemen fell short of bullets and no reinforcements arrived on the scene during the two-hour long clash, therefore Taliban killed the policemen, a resident of Shagai area, said on condition of anonymity.
Three policemen were killed and four others injured, said a Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid who added that 10 weapons were also captured by the fighters.
--Khan Wali Salarzai
MAIDAN WARDAK: Seven Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were wounded in a roadside bombing on Saturday in central Maidan Wardak province, the governor’s spokesman, Shahidullah Shahid, told Pajhwok Afghan News on Saturday.
The incident took place at around 7am when the ANA vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Zara Alaqadari area of the Narkh district, Shahid said. The ANA vehicle was also destroyed in the explosion.
An eyewitness, Zher Gul, speculated that the explosion may have caused heavy casualties to ANA as it was so powerful.
No one has so far claimed responsibility for the blast.
-- Farid Karimi
NIMROZ: Hundreds of kilograms of drugs were seized in the southwestern province of Nimroz, officials said on Saturday.
Police seized 456 kg of crystal (a refined type of heroin) from an Iran-bound truck in Zaranj, the provincial capital, the deputy police chief said.
Col. Mohammad Musa Rasuli told Pajhwok Afghan News the driver had been detained on the charge of drug smuggling. But the driver said he was unaware of the drugs placed in his vehicle.
"The heroin owner was traveling in a car close to the truck. When he saw policemen searching the vehicle, he managed to flee. But the driver was detained," a source in the police headquarters said.
Two weeks ago, an Iranian national was detained at the Afghan-Iran border on the charge of trafficking 90 kg of drugs.
PARWAN: Two sons of a former jihadi commander were killed and their four security guards injured in central Parwan province, officials said on Saturday.
The incident took place early in the morning in the Guzar area of Jabalus Saraj district, the police chief, Brig. Gen. Sher Ahmad Maldani, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Commander Zahir, who came under attack on his way to Parwan, was also wounded, the police chief said. A former Jamiat-i-Islami commander, he has been cooperating with the government for the past four years.
URUZGAN: At least four civilians were killed and two others injured during a bomb blast in central Uruzgan province, officials said on Saturday.
The incident took place late on Friday night in the Kata Khanjak area of the city, Col. Gulab Khan, the provincial crime branch chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
He said the bomb, planted under a culvert, went off at a time when people were going home after Taraveeh (special night prayer in Ramadan).
But Shah Wali, an area resident, said a fighter wanted to plant a landmine in the area. When people recognised him, the insurgent managed to flee, detonating the remote-controlled device. Four people were killed and several others injured, he added.
A policeman was also killed in a separate bomb blast in Deh Rawud district of the province, Col. Khan said, without giving further details.
--Ahmad Javed Khpalwak
ZABUL: Hayat Khan, an officer at the provincial police headquarters, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in the southern province of Zabul, an official said Saturday.
Gunmen shot him and took his vehicle at around 6pm on Friday in the Likako area of Qalat City, a security official, who requested anonymity, told Pajhwok Afghan News. A civilian was also wounded in the attack, the source said.
The gunmen opened fire on Hayat Khan in a crowded area of the city and pulled the injured officer from his vehicle, a witness named Naqibullah said.
After the incident, police took three people from the area for questioning, he said.
The officer died at Zabul Civil Hospital in the evening, a doctor at the hospital said on condition of anonymity.
BALKH (PAN): A would-be suicide bomber was among six militants detained by intelligence operatives in northern Balkh province, the spy service said on Saturday.
The detainees also included Taliban-designated district and police chiefs for Kaldar district and their three accomplices, the Balkh National Directorate of Security Department said.
It identified the suspected suicide bomber as Gulab, who was arrested in the Baba Yadgar area while wearing a suicide vest and carrying explosives. The explosives were enough for making four suicide belts.
The detainee had a link to the July 10 terrorist attack that killed and wounded 19 civilians in the Dasht-i-Shor area of Mazar-i-Sharif, an NDS statement said.
The statement added that five insurgents, including the shadow Kaldar district and police chiefs, had been arrested on the outskirts of the provincial capital during two separate operations.
The detainees included bomb makers. The shadow district chief was identified as Qari Khudai Berdai and the police chief as Javed, whose real name is Noorullah.
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