Daily Security Brief: September 28, 2011
HELMAND: Eight policemen were killed during a Taliban attack in the Antan area of Greshk district in southern Helmand province, Col. Asmail Khan Hotak, the joint military centre commander, told Pajhwok Afghan News on Wednesday.
The incident occurred on Tuesday night, he said, adding the militants attacked a police checkpoint on the Lashkargah-Kandahar highway, killing eight police.
The dead body of an attacker also lay at the scene, he added, believing the attackers had also taken a missing policeman.
KABUL: A New Zealand Special Force soldier was killed in a gunbattle with Taliban fighters during an operation in central Maidan Wardak province, the New Zealand Defence Ministry announced on Wednesday.
The Special Air Service (SAS) member was shot in the head early Wednesday and died soon afterward at a medical facility, Lt. Gen. Rhys Jones, the chief of New Zealand’s defence force, said, adding he was part of a team of 15 SAS soldiers supporting about 50 Afghan police trying to search and arrest a rebel group suspected of planning an attack on Kabul.
New Zealand has around 188 troops in Afghanistan, with most of them stationed in central Bamyan province and some in Kabul. Four of its soldiers have been killed so far in Afghanistan, two of them from the elite SAS unit.
Meanwhile, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement that one of its soldiers was killed in the province, without disclosing the victim’s nationality.
Separately, three policemen were killed and a fourth wounded in possible infighting in the Reshkhur area on the outskirts of the city on Monday night, interior ministry spokesman, Ghulam Siddique Siddiqui, said
With an investigation into the incident underway, resident Hamidullah claimed four policemen were killed in a militant attack. The spokesman, however, rejected the resident's statement.
On Monday night, gunmen shot injured a security guard before entering a police checkpoint and killing all the four policemen, Hamidullah added.
LOGAR: Two Afghan workers were killed in an overnight rocket attack aimed at an international military base in the Padkhwab-i-Shana area of Pul-i-Alam, the provincial of central Logar province, the provincial police chief told Pajhwok Afghan News on Wednesday.
Col. Ghulam Sakhi Rogh Lewanai said the rocket was fired from the Padkhwab-i-Roghni area, explaining an investigation had been launched into the incident.
A policeman said three rockets were fired into the base, killing two Afghan workers and injuring another. The wounded man is currently under treatment at an ISAF health facility.
NANGARHAR: Ten people were killed and six others detained during a nighttime operation by international troops in the Mohmand area of Spinghar district in eastern Nangarhar province, Malik Zarjan, the district police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News on Wednesday.
Jan Mohammad, a tribal elder, confirmed that local residents Zar Mohammad and Rahmanullah were killed in the attack.
However, ISAF said in a statement that they had killed numerous insurgents during a joint operation against a senior Taliban facilitator in Achin district.
The militant was responsible for orchestrating multiple onslaughts, roadside and suicide bombings against Afghan forces, the statement added.
--Abdul Mueed Hashimi
PAKTIKA: A National Directorate of Security (NDS) official was among three people killed in a bomb blast in Gardez, the capital of southeastern Paktia, on Wednesday, authorities said.
The explosion took place in the Shakarkhel area of the city early in the morning, the governor's spokesman, Rohullah Samoon, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
An NDS operative was among the dead, confirmed Akhtar Muhammad Ibrahimi, the provincial intelligence chief. The victim was identified as Eid Muhammad. Another bomb planted in the same area was defused, he said.
URUZGAN: The police chief for Chora district in central Uruzgan province was killed and his three security guards were wounded in a roadside bombing in Sari area at about 10:00am Wednesday, the police spokesman, Farid Ayel, said, adding the wounded guards were taken to hospital.
The blast also destroyed the police vehicle, he concluded.
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