Daily Security Brief: September 17, 2011
FARYAB: Nine civilians, including five children, were killed and one other injured in a roadside bombing in the Ghormach district of northern Faryab province, officials said on Saturday.
Friday's explosion occurred on the Choghi road, hitting five child shepherds and their livestock, Mohammad Daud, the district chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Four passers-by and the shepherds were killed and a 10th individual wounded, he said, adding the injured were taken to the district hospital. Doctors said the victims' condition was critical.
Confirming the incident, Masoud Yaqubi, provincial police spokesman, blamed the insurgents for planting the bomb and said police had launched an investigation into the blast. No one has so far been detained.
Separately, two Taliban fighters were killed and nine others detained during an operation conducted by the US special force in Khwaja Gawhar village of Almar district on Friday night, the spokesman for 303rd Pamir police zone, Lal Mohammad Ahmadzai, told Pajhwok Afghan News on Saturday.
However, a member of provincial council, Angar, who goes only by one name, said the victims were all civilians.
“US troops killed three civilians including a watchman of a bazaar, injured the second watchman among nine others,” he said.
One of his bodyguards, who was on leave, and another mad man were among the detainees, he said.
The US troops could not kill the insurgent group, including their designated district chief, in the operation, he said. However, Ahmadzai said that the operation was conducted against the insurgent group based on accurate intelligence report.
Elsewhere in the province, a Taliban fighter was killed and another, who had sustained injury, was detained during a clash between the fighters and police in Qaisar district.
Police spokesman in the province, 1st Lt. Syed Masaud Yaqubi, said police and local residents did not suffer casualties in the clash.
GHAZNI: Five people, including four children, were bitten by mad dogs during the last two days in the Qarabagh district of southern Ghazni province, officials said on Saturday.
The district hospital had no vaccine for dog-bite victims, Qarabagh's administrative head Eng. Zaitullah Azimi told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Dr. Hayatullah, the hospital director, confirmed receiving five dog-bitten people. He also acknowledged the absence of the required vaccine.
Dr. Ismail Ibrahimzai, director of the Ghazni Civil Hospital, said he had no information regarding the increase in dog-bite cases.
Dr. Taufiq Mashal, a senior official at the Public Health Ministry, said on September 7 that Thailand had assisted the ministry with dog bite vaccines worth $10,000 (479,500afs).
--Sher Ahmad Haidar
HELMAND: A militant commander and two policemen were killed in separate incidents of violence in Lashkargah and Nad Ali district of southern Helmand province, an official said on Saturday.
Commander Kamyab was killed during an International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) air raid in the Bolan area late on Friday, the governor's spokesman, Daud Ahmadi, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
He said a policeman was shot dead by unidentified motorcyclists in Lashkargah, the provincial capital.
A local police member was killed by rebels in Nad Ali, resident Abdul Karim said, identifying the victim as Sayed Hussain.
Also in Nad Ali district, a rebel commander was detained during an operation, Ahmadi said.
It is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities. But most of foreign soldiers stationed in the east are Americans.
The soldier's death brings to 440 the number of foreign troops killed so far this year in Afghanistan.
LOGAR: A woman was killed and her daughter injured by armed looters in central Logar province. The incident took place late Friday night in the Aab Bazak area of Mohammad Agha district.
One woman was killed and her 10 years old daughter injured by the robbers, Abdul Hamid, the district chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Col. Ghulam Sakhi Rogh Lewanai, the provincial police chief, confirmed the incident and said an investigation had been launched.
Dilawar, whose wife was killed, said they had no personal enmity with anyone and he was not present at house at the time of the attack.
MAIDAN WARDAK: Three Taliban were killed and a fourth injured in an exchange with Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) loyalists in central Maidan Wardak province, officials said on Saturday.
The firefight occurred at around 5pm in the Kulalano village in Nirkh district, Shahidullah Shahid, the gubernatorial spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
The two sides also traded fire in the Tokrark area, he said, adding the fighting left Mullah Bashir dead and Mullah Daud injured.
A resident of the village, Gul Agha, said five Taliban were killed in the battle. The Taliban took away three dead bodies, while two corpses were still lying in area, he added.
ZABUL: Six civilians were killed in separate blasts and a road accident in the southern province of Zabul, officials said on Saturday.
Two men on foot were killed in a roadside bombing in Nawbahar district late on Friday, the governor's house said.
No one has so far claimed responsibility for the explosion, which came three days after a similar attack left a civilian dead in the district.
Separately, four individuals were killed and two others injured when their car collided with a truck in the Foladi area of Shahr-i-Safa district, the deputy governor said.
Mohammad Jan Rasulyar told Pajhwok Afghan News police arrested the truck driver and evacuated the victims to the Qalat Civil Hospital.
One of the injured is in critical condition, a doctor on duty said on condition of anonymity.
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