Daily Security Brief: August 24, 2011
PANJSHER: Two men were killed and a third injured at around 8am on Wednesday when a police vehicle plunged into a river in the Bazarak City, the provincial capital of central Panjsher province, officials said.
The dead included a policeman and a teacher, named Maulvi Yahya, while a crime branch official was wounded, traffic officer, Col. Abdul Qadeer, told Pajhwok Afghan News. The incident occurred due to careless driving, the traffic chief said.
-- Ahmad Shahab
The commander was involved in attacks on Afghan and foreign troops in the district, the statement added, explaining that he was the 50th Taliban commander killed by ISAF in the province over the past one year.
The provincial police spokesman, Capt. Syed Masaud, refused to talk to media regarding the operation.
KANDAHAR: An Afghan and coalition combined security force discovered 2,200 pounds (1,000 kgs) of marijuana seeds and 3,300 pounds (1,500 kgs) of hashish while on a dismounted patrol in the Zharay district of southern Kandahar province, the US-led coalition said. The drugs were seized and safely destroyed by coalition forces, the military said in a statement.
Several suspected insurgents were detained during a security operation targeting a Taliban facilitator on Tuesday, the statement said.
Another two suspected insurgents were arrested during a separate operation in the Panjwai district the same day, it said.
MAIDAN WARDAK: A combined Afghan and coalition patrol detained numerous insurgents during an operation targeting a criminal leader in Maiden Shahr district of central Maidan Wardak province, the US-led coalition said.
The criminal leader was responsible for numerous improvised explosive device and complex attacks against ANSF and coalition forces, the military said in a statement. The detainees were taken by Afghan Security Forces for further questioning, it said.
NANGARHAR: Several suspected insurgents were detained on Tuesday by a combined Afghan and coalition security force during a search for a Taliban facilitator in the Khugyani district of eastern Nangarhar province, the US army said.
The military accused the facilitator of direct fire attacks against Afghan National Security Forces, and assisting the movement of fighters and weapons within the district.
PAKTIKA: A coalition patrol discovered a weapons cache in the Janikhel district of southeastern Paktika province on Tuesday.
The cache included two recoilless rifles, four recoilless rifle rounds, detonation cord and 51 pounds (23 kgs) of bulk explosives. Coalition forces seized and safely destroyed all items, the US-led coalition said in a statement.
The death was announced in a brief statement from the multinational force, which neither disclosed the soldier's nationality nor the exact location of the assault.
With the latest fatality, the number of foreign soldiers killed so far this year in Afghanistan has reached 405, against 711 for the whole of 2010.
Roughly 150,000 ISAF members, including fewer than 100,000 from the US, are deployed in the country.
-- Pajhwok Report
QALA-I-NAW: Two Taliban fighters were killed and as many detained in separate incidents in northeastern Badghis province, an official said on Wednesday.
One militant was blown up by the bomb he was planting in the Panirak area of Bala Murghab district, a National Directorate of Security official told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Elsewhere in the district, one insurgent was killed and another injured during a clash with local police on Tuesday, said Mullah Juma Khan, a police spokesman.
--Abdul Latif Ayube
KABUL (PAN): Fourteen fighters were killed and 35 others captured in operations by Afghan and coalition forces over the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Interior in Kabul said on Wednesday.
Three insurgents were wounded during clashes with Afghan police, army, intelligence agents and coalition forces in Kabul, Parwan, Kandahar, Helmand, Maidan Wardak, Logar, Khost, Ghazni, Paktia and Herat provinces.
BLKH: Three police officials were killed in a roadside blast in the Chamtal district of northern Balkh province on Wednesday, an official said.
The incident took place in the Arab Mazari area where a police vehicle struck the roadside bomb, the province police chief, Brig. Gen. Abdur Rauf Taj, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
-- Zabihullah Ihsas
LOGAR: Two NATO supply fuel tankers were torched by militants in the Mohammad Agha district of central Logar province, an official said on Wednesday.
Maj. Gen. Ghulam Sakhi Rough Liwanai, the provincial police chief, said the incident took place in the Mughul Khel village on the Kabul-Logar highway at about 9am.
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