Daily Security Breif, Aug 28
TALOQAN (PAN): A health official and his driver were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the northern province of Takhar, officials said on Sunday.
The incident took place in Saqab village of Bangi district, Brig. Gen. Khair Mohammad Taimur, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
The vehicle belonged to the Kahaf Health Organisation, an Afghan non-governmental organisation providing health facilities in remote areas of the province, he said. The dead included an area supervisor of the organisation and his driver, he said.
The victims were traveling to the district centre to monitor a clinic when came under attack, the governor’s spokesman, Faiz Mohammad Tawhidi, said.
Police had launched an investigation into the incident to determine whether the bomb had been planted by insurgents, he added.
ZABUL Three mine planters were killed and as many others detained during a security operation in the Shahr-i-Safa district of southern Zabul province, an official said on Sunday.
The operation involving Afghan and foreign troops was conducted around 11pm in Azartak area Saturday night, the deputy governor said.
Mohammad Jan Rassoul Yar told Pajhwok Afghan News the militants wanted to plant explosives on the Kabul – Kandahar highway.
LAGHMAN: Nearly 462 kilograms of explosives were recovered from a truck by intelligence officials in the eastern province of Laghman, an official said on Sunday.
The truck driver has been detained in connection with the explosives, a National Directorate of Security (NDS) official told Pajhwok Afghan News on condition of anonymity.
The incident took place Saturday night in Chalmati village on the outskirts of Mehtarlam, the provincial capital. The detainee had been referred to the prosecutor’ office, the official said.
Initial reports showed the explosives meant for terrorist activities had been smuggled into Afghanistan from Pakistan, he said.
Last week, 34 kgs of explosives were captured by intelligence operatives in the Qarghaee district of Laghman.
TAKHAR: Two would-be suicide attackers were detained in the Namak Ab district of northern Takhar province, officials said on Saturday.
The bombers were detained along with two suicide vests, a pistol, an AK-47 Kalashnikov, a Kalakov, four hand grenades and a corolla car in the past 24 hours, Breg. Gen. Khair Mohammad, provincial police chief, told a press conference Afghan News.
Initial interrogations suggest the detainees intended to launch attacks on the governor’s compound, office of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) and journalists in the province, Timor said.The police chief said the bombers were trained in Pakistan.
Elsewhere in the province, a Taliban commander, named Abdul Matin also known as Salem, was arrested in Dashte Qala district, the police chief said.
The latest arrests came a day after two suspected rebels were detained along with a van and 18 jerry cans of explosives in the vicinity of the city.
KABUL: A foreign soldier was killed after an improvised explosive device strike in southern Afghanistan, NATO said in a statement on Sunday.
The latest death takes the total number of foreign troops killed in Afghanistan to 414 this year. The dead included 304 Americans. Last year's death toll was 711.
BALKH: Intelligence officials on Sunday claimed to have foiled to a planned rocket attack into the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province.
Without disclosing the exact date, the provincial National Directorate of Security department in a statement said heavy weapons were seized and a hideout of militants was destroyed in the Chamtal district.
KABUL: A three-member kidnap group was detained when it was receiving ransom money from family members of an abducted trader in Kabul, an official said on Sunday.
Crime Investigation Head for the 101 Asmayi Police Zone, Brig. Gen. Mohammad Zahir, said the kidnappers had demanded $65000 in return for the release of Nisar Ahmad, the trader, kidnapped July 20, he said.
Police were able to arrest the kidnappers while receiving money from the victim's family in Shahr-i-Naw area, Zahir said.
-- Hassan Khitab
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