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Daily Security Brief: August 30, 2011

Daily Security Brief: August 30, 2011

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MAIDAN WARDAK: Four insurgents were killed during an airstrike by foreign troops in the Nirkh district of central Maidan Wardak province, the district chief said on Tuesday.

Mohammad Hanif Hanfi told Pajhwok Afghan News the airstrike was carried out late on Monday night in the Andar area. The raid came after a group insurgents attacked a police checkpoint in the area, he said.

Four attackers were killed in the operation and some arms were recovered from the scene, the official said.

--Farid Karimi

KUNAR: A mosqueinfo-icon was damaged when it was hit by rockets allegedly fired by the Talibaninfo-icon in the Manogi district of eastern Kunar province, the district chief said on Tuesday.

Haji Noorullah said the early morning attack happened few minutes after people offered Eid prayers in the mosque.

The mosque is situated near a base of Afghan National Army, he said, adding the insurgents wanted to hit the base.

"If the attack was carried out during prayers, many people would have been killed and wounded," the district chief said.

--Khan Wali Salarzai

KABULinfo-icon: An International Security Assistance Force (ISAFinfo-icon) service member died following an improvised explosive device attack in southern Afghanistaninfo-icon on Tuesday, NATOinfo-icon said.

In a brief statement, NATO-led ISAF did not identify the fallen soldier and the exact place where the incident was happened.

KANDAHAR: Two key Taliban commanders have been arrested during a joint search operation by Afghan and foreign troops in Kandahar city, the capital of southern Kandahar province, the governor's office said on Tuesday.

The two were detained during a raid on a house in the Loye Wayala area of Kandahar city late on Monday night, the governor's office said in a statement.

It further said 26 remote-controlled mines, a bomb-rigged motorcycle and two missiles were also recovered from the detainees.

--Bashir Ahmad Naadim

KHOST: Security officials found a suicide vest in a mosque prior to Eid prayers in southeastern Khost province on Tuesday, an official said.

The suicide vest was found in the main mosque in Khost city ahead of Eid prayers, the governor's spokesman, Mubariz Zadran, told Pajhwok Afghan News. He said a huge terrorist bid was foiled with the recovery of the explosives-filled belt.

He said the insurgents wanted to carry out the bomb attack on people offering Eid prayers.

--Hakim Basharat

KABUL: Six armed rebels were killed and a number of others detained during separate security operations in different parts of the country, NATO said on Tuesday.

The operations were carried out in Ghazni, Maidan Wardak, Khost, Nangarhar and Paktika province over the past 24 hours, the alliance said in a statement.

During the operations, it said, six insurgents were killed and nine others were detained.  Some weapons and annunition were also seized, the statetment said,

But the Taliban said those killed in eastern Nangarhar province by foreign troops were local civilians.

--Javed Hamim Kakar

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