Daily Security Brief: August 25, 2011
URUZGAN: Two Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers drowned as they were swimming in Helmand River in the Char Chino district of central Uruzgan province, crime branch chief, Col. Gulab Khan, told Pajhwok Afghan News on Thursday.
The incident occurred late Wednesday when the soldiers swimming in the river owing to high heat were washed away by the river, he said, explaining that the victims' corpses were found by locals and shifted to the district center.
Elsewhere in the province, two Taliban fighters were killed and three others detained in different areas of the province, said Milad Ahmad Mudassir, the governor's spokesman.
The detainees included the Taliban's local finance manager and were currently under investigation,he said.
Seperately, two rebels were killed during a combined operation by Afghan and coalition forces, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement.
But Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman, denied the killings.
--Ahmad Javid Khpalwak
GHAZNI CITY (PAN): Three security guards were killed and eight supply trucks torched by the Taliban in the Band-i-Ab district of southern Ghazni province on Thursday.
Resident Shah Jahan said the attack occurred in the Randakhel area on Kabul-Kandahar highway on Wednesday. As a result, he added, eight vehicles were burnt and commuters stranded for an hour.
Three security guards of a private security company were killed and as many trailers torched in the attack, said Brig. Gen. Zarawar Zahid, the Ghazni provincial police chief.
As usual, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the assault. Their spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said 11 security guards and two drivers were killed, with eight trailers torched and two others captured by the attackers.
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