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    Daily Security Brief: August 21, 2011

    BADGHIS: Three border policemen were killed during a roadside bombing in northwestern Badghis province, officials said on Sunday. A witness said a civilian was also killed.

    The incident took place late on Saturday in the Morchaq area of Bala Murghab district, while security forces were on a patrol, said the provincial police chief.

    Col. Mohammad Jabbar Saleh told Pajhwok Afghan News the militants attacked the security officials during a funeral ceremony for the policemen. Saleh said one civilian was also killed in the ensuing the clash.

    "It was around the Iftar time when the blast took place," said Nek Mohammad, an area resident.

    -- Abdul Latif Ayubi

    GHAZNI: Ten landmines, containing 500 kilograms of explosives, were defused by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in southern Ghazni province, an intelligence official said on Sunday.

    Seized in Roza, Pirzada and Pirakka area, the roadside bombs were destroyed with the help of Polish forces working in the ISAF framework in Ghazni, the source said. The blasts were heard several kilometres away.

    The bombs had up to 100 kilograms of dangerous explosives, which were defused by Polish troops in Ghazni, where landmine blasts have increased in recent weeks.

    -- Mirwais Himmat

    KANDAHAR: A senior agriculture department official was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in southern Kandahar province on Sunday, the governor's spokesman said.

    Zalmay Ayubi told Pajhwok Afghan News the Mohammad Shah Khan, 60, came under attack in the Shikarpur gate area. The victim was on his way to the office.

    Kandahar Agriculture Director Ahmad Shah Roshan said Khan was shot dead by unidentified motorcyclists inside his shop in the city, just when he prepared to go to his office.

    -- Bashir Ahmad Naadem

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    KUNAR: Nine individuals were wounded in eastern Kunar when two motorcyclists opened fire on children and injured five of them in Barkandi area of Manogai district. Separately, counterterrorism police officer Col. Abdul Matin said a missile fired by the Taliban hit a home, injuring a woman and three children.

    The Taliban were not involved in any of the two incidents in Watapur and Barkandi, their spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said.

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    PAKTIA: Three people were killed and four schoolchildren injured in operations by foreign forces and blasts in southeastern Paktia province.

    Two militants were killed during an operation by foreign troops in the Janak Khel area of Zurmat district, said Gulab Shah, the  town's administrative head.

    The dead were innocent locals with no links to the Taliban, resident Bakht Muhammad said. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid also said the victims had no ties to the rebel movement.

    Separately, one person was killed and four schoolchildren were injured in a mine blast in the Zawo area of Zurmat district.

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    MAIDAN WARDAK: A former commander of the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) was killed and two of his associates detained by foreign forces in central Maidan Wardak province, an official said on Sunday.

    The governor's spokesman, Shahidullah Shahid, said Commander Essa Khel was killed and two others were arrested during an overnight operation in the Dadil village of Nirkh district.

    Resident Akbar Khan identified the detainees as Ashiq and Khalid, sons of another HIA commander, Zabit Wali.

    Separately, a NATO supply fuel tanker was attacked with a remote-controlled bomb at about 7am on Sunday, said Shahid. The vehicle was destroyed completely but no one suffered casualties.

    -- Mohammad Farid Karimi

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    PARWAN: Three policemen, including an officer, were killed by Taliban fighters in central Parwan province, officials said on Sunday.

    The security personnel were killed in the Ghorband valley, as they wanted to go home on leave, Col. Abdul Rashid, the deputy police chief for Ghor province, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

    Brig. Gen. Sher Ahmad Maldani, the Parwan police head, confirmed the killings in the area, and said the bodies had been handed over to the victims' families.

    -- Tamkin and Sanjar

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    BALKH (PAN): Security forces arrested four kidnapers and two killers during separate operations in northern Balkh province , an official said on Monday.

    The kidnappers were arrested in Khalam district after they abducted a local shopkeeper, Haji Ameen, from Dasht Shor area Sunday afternoon, said Brig. Gen. Ismatullah Alizai, the provincial police chief.

    The shopkeeper's hands were fastened with a wire when he was rescued. The four detained kidnappers were identified as Ainuddin, Najmuddin, Roohullah and Javed, all residents of Mir Hazar Area of Khalam district, according Alizai.

    He also said that police had arrested two alleged killers named Ali Muhammad and Rustam Ali from Karte Bakhter area of Mazar-i-Sharif.

    -- Zabihullah Ihsas

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    HELMAND (PAN): A three-member gang of miscreants has been arrested in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, an official said on Monday.

    The gang was busted on Sunday in Safi area of the city, provincial intelligence department head, Gen. Nazar Ali Wahidi, told Pajhwok Afghan News. Some arms were also recovered from their possession, he said.

    The detainees were identified as Mullah Syed Alam, Mullah Amanullah and Mullah Wali Jan, who Wahidi said, were involved in different terrorist activities, including the murder of Mullah Toor Patki last year.  

    Zainullah Stanakzai

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