Daily Security Brief: October 4, 2011
BADGHIS: One policeman and two Taliban fighters were killed and as many injured in a clash in northwestern Badghis province, officials said on Tuesday.
The clash took place late on Monday in the Chapchal area of Balamurghab district, an intelligence official told Pajhwok Afghan News on condition of anonymity.
He said the gunbattle occurred when local policemen were patrolling the area.
Sharafuddin Majidi, an official at the governor's house, confirmed the incident but did not give any information about casualties.
-- Abdul Latif Ayubi
HERAT: Six people were killed and 16 others injured in a traffic accident in western Herat province, Ghulam Farooq Rustayee, the district chief, said on Tuesday.
Two Corolla cars, heading to a wedding ceremony, collided in Karukh district while trying to overtake on Monday, he added.
Mohammad Rafiq Sherzai, a spokesman for the Herat Regional Hospital, said two of the 18 injured died overnight. Two others, including a man and woman, were in critical condition, he added.
One ISAF servicemember was killed in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in the east on Tuesday while a second died as a result of a non-battle-related injury in the south a day earlier.
The alliance announced the deaths in a brief statement, without disclosing the victims’ nationalities or the exact locations of the incidents.
So far this year, 470 foreign troops, including 354 Americans, have been killed in Afghanistan, compared to 711 in 2010.
KANDAHAR: Six passengers were hurt in a road accident on the Kandahar-Spin Boldak highway in southern Kandahar province early Tuesday morning, Zalmay Ayubi, the governor’s spokesman, said.
Separately, a policeman and two children were killed and 12 others, including two policemen, injured in an explosion in the Malo area of Shahwalikot district on Monday, Ayubi added.
NANGARHAR: One person was killed and five others were wounded during fighting between guards of two public representatives in the eastern province of Nangarhar, officials said on Tuesday. Separately, five civilians were injured in a rocket attack in Jalalabad, the capital of the province, officials said on Tuesday.
The clash occurred on Monday night between fighters of MP Sher Ali Ahmadzai and Hajji Jamal Qadir, the head of the provincial council, near a filling station on the Jalalabad-Torkham highway in Behsud district, an official said on condition of anonymity.
One of Qadir's drivers was killed and two of his guards injured when armed men opened fire on his vehicle, said Zabit Amir Mohammad, a member of the provincial council.
A dead body and five injured people were taken to hospital, Nangarhar Civil Hospital Director Dr. Saifur Rahman Ibrahimkhel said.
Separately, a rocket landed in a house in Loya Wiala area of Behsud district at about 7 pm, the governor's spokesman, Ahmad Zeya Abdulzai, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Dr. Baz Mohammad Sherzad, the Nangarhar Civil Hospital director, said the two injured people were in serious condition.
Haji Nasir said the injured, including two young girls and three children, were his grandchildren. He blamed doctors for not treating the injured in time.
The Taliban said they had fired two rockets at the Jalalabad airport, inflicting casualties on foreign soldiers stationed there.
--Abdul Mueed Hashmi
SAMANGAN: Two people were killed and five others injured as a result of a traffic accident in the Hazarat-i-Sultan district of northern Samangan province on Tuesday, said traffic chief Col. Mohammad Ibrahim.
The accident happened at about 1pm, when a car collided with Turbo-type vehicle on the Samangan-Mazar-i-Sharif highway. Witness Baba Khan blamed the car driver for carelessness.
KHOST: Three suicide attackers were detained by intelligence operatives in southeastern Khost province, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Tuesday.
Brought from Pakistan's tribal region of Waziristan to Khost City through Paktika and Ghazni provinces, the detainees were held while attempting suicide attacks on Independent Day ceremonies.
An NDS statement said the detainees had confessed during preliminary investigations to planning suicide attacks.
The men were identified as Abdul Rahman, Abdul Bari both Pakistanis, and Mohammad Usman, a resident of Syedabad district in Maidan Wardak.
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