Daily Security Brief: August 22, 2011
BALKH: 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
FARAH: Two kidnappers, who had escaped a jail last year, were detained during an operation by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in the Pusht-i-Rod district of western Farah province, an official said on Monday.
Gen. Abdul Samad, the provincial NDS head, identified the detainees as Abdul Ghani and Abdul Rahman, residents of the Pnjala village. They were re-arrested last night with cooperation from residents, he said.
Abdul Samad said the men, each sentenced to 16 years in jail for involvement in kidnappings, were serving their term at the prison.
HELMAND: Two Taliban fighters were stoned to death by locals in the Nawa district of southern Helmand province, local officials said on Monday.
The incident occurred in the Sra Qala area on Sunday night after the Taraweeh when the rebels killed a 60-year-old villager, suspecting he cooperated with government officials in Lashkargah.
Hajji Manaf Khan, the Nawa district chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News two of the victim's sons, along with other villagers, disarmed the militants before stoning them to death.
In a statement, the governor's house confirmed the incident, saying that locals -- pestered by the Taliban -- would no longer tolerate their inordinate actions.
Taliban spokesman Qari Yusuf Ahmadi, denying the clash, said the incident might have been motivated by a village-level dispute.
-- Zainullah Stanikzai
HELMAND: A commander was among 13 Taliban insurgents killed in a series of joint operations by Afghan and international troops in the Nawzad district of southern Helmand province, an official said on Monday.
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
URUZGAN: An Australian soldier was killed in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in central Uruzgan province on Monday, the defence department in Sydney announced.
Another foreign solider, whose nationality was not disclosed, was wounded while on joint patrol with Afghan National Army (ANS) soldiers at around 8am, a statement from the department said.
Australiahas 1,550 soldiers operating in Uruzgan under the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). Twenty-nine of them have been killed since the beginning of their mission in Afghanistan.
With the latest fatality, the number of ISAF soldiers killed in Afghanistan in 2011 has reached 404. Since the ouster of the Taliban regime, 2,684 NATO-led troops have been killed in Afghanistan. More than 710 were killed last year.
-- Hakim Basharat
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