Daily Security Brief: August 23, 2011
BADAKHSHAN: Three Uzbeks were detained by the provincial intelligence officials on charges of performing disruptive activities in the northeastern province of Badakhshan.
The three were detained on Monday night in the Torgani area of the 3rd police district of Faizabad City, an official with the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Tuesday on condition of anonymity.
He said the three came to the city from Wordaj district intending to stage attacks in other areas. The detainees confessed that they were also involved in attack on the governor two months ago in the district, he said.
Governor’s spokesman Abdul Maroof Rasikh said that three men were detained trying to leave the province. He accused the men of training insurgents. He said the three were still under interrogation.
-- Gul Mohammad Tanha
KABUL: An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) solider was killed in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, the alliance said in a statement.
The death was announced in a brief statement from the NATO-led force that neither disclosed the exact location of the incident nor the fallen soldier's nationality.
KUNAR: Four militants and two Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed in two separate incidents in the eastern province of Kunar, officials said on Monday.
The militants were killed during an air raid by foreign troops in the Koru Bagh area of Watapur district, the National Army spokesman in the eastern zone, Maj. Shirin Aqa, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
A Taliban commander, Qadir Mohammad, was among four insurgents killed in the airstrike, said Zalmai Yousafzai, the district chief.
In a statement, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) confirmed killing more than three militants in the attack.
Elsewhere in the province, two ANA soldiers, who were going home for Eid, were killed in a rebel attack in Ghaziabad district, the Ministry of Defence said on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, three Taliban were also detained by Afghan soldiers in the Shegam area of Ghaziabad district late on Monday, said Aqa.
--Khan Wali Salarzai
LOGAR: Two rebles were killed in a joint operation by Afghan and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in the central Logar province, officials said on Tuesday.
The operation was conducted on Monday on the house of Mullah Atiq in the Qala-i-Ahmadzai area of Mohammad Agha district, the provincial police chief, Maj. Gen. Ghulam Sakhi Rogh Lewanai, said.
Security forces were trying to detain the fighters, but Mullah Atiq and his son resisted the forces and were killed in the ensuing firefight, he said, adding that a machine gun and a rocket launcher were also recovered from the house.
The governor’s spokesman, Din Mohammad Darwish, confirmed the operation, saying that no civilians suffered casualties.
A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed to have killed three ISAF soldiers and injured six others. Two ISAF vehicles were also destroyed, he added, confirming the death of two fighters.
MAIDAN WARDAK: A former commander of Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA), led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, was detained in the Nirkh district of central Maidan Wardak province, the ISAF said on Tuesday.
Muhammad Salim, alias Khamar, was captured along with two associates during an operation by foreign troops in the Dadal area, Muhammad Hanifi, the district chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Abdullah, an HIA loyalist, confirmed the Salim's arrest along with a brother and a guest. Coalition forces have not yet commented on the incident.
-- Farid Karimi
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