Daily Security Brief: October 6, 2011
HELMAND: One child was killed and 16 others, including women and children, were wounded when militants opened fire on a passenger bus in southernHelmandprovince on Thursday, district chief Mirajan told Pajhwok Afghan News.
The incident took place in Greshk district, where the Kabul-bound bus came under fire early in the morning, he added. The injured included four children, eight women and four men who were taken to a nearby health facility.
Mirajan did not know the condition of the injured, saying the driver might have defied signals to stop from militants, who usually check passenger buses on the highway.
A Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, said he was unaware of the pre-dawn incident, but local Taliban commander, who did not want to be named, denied the fighters were responsible. He concluded robbers are often behind similar highway incidents.
HERAT: The acting police chief for the Shindand district of westernHeratprovince was shot dead by unidentified gunmen on motorcycles on Thursday, officials said.
Maj. Kashmir Khan was gunned down in an ambush on the way to his office, Muheeuddin Noori, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Confirming the incident, Col. Abdul Rauf Ahmadi, police spokesman for western zone, said the armed motorcyclists made good their escape after the attack, but police had launched investigations.
Shindand District Chief Abdul Nabi also confirmed the occurrence.
KABUL: Seven insurgents were killed and 31 others detained during joint operations in different provinces, the interior ministry said on Thursday.
The Afghan-ISAF offensives were conducted inKabul, Nangarhar,Kandahar,Helmand, Zabul, Maidan Wardak and Khost provinces in the past 24 hours, a statement from the ministry said.
Pistols, AK-47 assault rifles, a machine gun, walkie-talkies, mortar shells, landmines, explosives, a vehicle, drugs, crystal (an improved form of heroin) and grenades were recovered.
Five people were detained in 5th and 7th police districts of Kalakan district and in theKabul airport area. The men were involved in forgery and drug trafficking.
--Ahmad Shah Irfanyar
KANDAHAR: Ten rebels were killed and nine others detained during separate operations in southernKandaharprovince last week, an official said on Thursday.
The joint Afghan-ISAF operations were launched in four districts of the province, the provincial deputy police chief told a news conference inKandaharCity.
Col. Shirshah Yousufzai said three of the operations were launched by Afghan forces. Landmines, ammunitions, mortar shells, heroine, opium and a vehicle were seized.
A policeman was killed during the operation in Shah Wali Kott district, he concluded.
--Bashir Ahmad Naadem
NANGARHAR: The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) arrested six people on charges of having links to militants in eastern Nangarhar province, officials said on Thursday.
Foreign troops stormed the house of local resident Zainullah in the vicinity of the Third Farm area in Batikot district on Wednesday night, arresting him, two of his sons and as many guests, said villager Najibullah Hashimzada.
He quoted the detainees' family as saying the NATO-led forces had also stolen 2.5 million afghanis ($52,083) during the raid.
District Chief Israrullah Qarizada confirmed the arrests, saying they were under interrogation. He added it was too early to know who the detainees were.
The ISAF press office in the east told Pajhwok they had detained six suspected militants in the district and they were under interrogation.
Separately, six passengers were killed and five others wounded when a passenger vehicle collided with a truck on the Kabul-Jalalabad highway in centralKabulprovince on Thursday, an official said.
The accident occurred when a Toyota Coaster crashed into a truck in Sarobi district, Laghman-Sarobi highway commander Col. Shakur Khan told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Police had been dispatched to the area to take the wounded to hospital, he added, explaining the casualties also included two women.
The dead bodies were handed over to relatives and the injured taken toKabul, the Sarobi district chief, Hazrat Mohammad Haqbin, said.
Nearly a hundred passengers have suffered casualties in traffic incidents on the highway over the past month.
--Abdul Mueed Hashimi
QUETTA: Unidentified gunmen torched three tankers carrying fuel for NATO-led troops based inAfghanistaninPakistan’s southwesternprovinceofBalochistan, an official said on Thursday.
The incident took place in the Bolan area, local police commander Sher Mohammad Khan told Pajhwok Afghan News.
No one suffered casualties in the attack, but three fuel tankers were set ablaze, he said, adding police soon arrived on the scene and salvaged the remaining tankers.
URUZGAN: A deputy highway police commander was killed in an explosion in Tirinkot, the capital of central Uruzgan province, an official said on Thursday.
Wali Jan was killed while leaving his house and one of his sons and a bodyguard were wounded after their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the Charmagar area at around 7:40am.
Police spokesman Farid Ayel blamed whom he called the "enemies of peace and stability", a euphemism government officials often employ for Taliban fighters. He said the incident was under investigation.
--Ahmad Jawed Khpalwak
QALAT/TIRINKOT: Two policemen were killed and three civilians injured in incidents of violence in Zabul and Uruzgan provinces, officials said on Thursday.
Police and Taliban clashed late on Wednesday in the Kuli area of the Deh Rawud district in Uruzgan, Khalifa Sadat, the district police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman, said a local police commander was killed along with two others during the clash.
Elsewhere, three civilians were injured in a bomb blast in Zabul province, where two men were detained on the charge of aiding the militants
Mohammad Jan Rasulyar, the deputy governor, said the blast occurred at 11:30am when a civilian vehicle hit a roadside bomb in the Mirwais Mena area.
A doctor at the Qalat Civil Hospital said on condition of anonymity that one of the two injured people had been referred to the Kandahar Civil Hospital.
-- Nasim Hotak & Khpalwak
Baghlan: Forty weapons and dozens of bottles of alcohol were seized in northern Baghlan province on Thursday, an official said.
The weapons, including 35 pistols, 4 machineguns and an assault rifle were recovered from a ruined house in the Baghlan-i-Markazi district, the provincial police chief, Brig. Gen. Asadullah Sherzad, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Separately, 214 bottles of alcohol placed in a van were seized in the Shamraq area of the province. The driver and his partner were detained on the charge of carrying the banned beverages.
-- Habibur Rahman Sherzai
The fighters were shot dead from a helicopter of the International Security Assistance Force in the Spilgun area of Tanai district, police spokesman, Ziarat Gul, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
The fighters wanted to carry out disruptive activities in southern Ghazni province, but they were attacked by ISAF before reaching their safe heavens, he added.
Paktika: Three Taliban fighters were killed and four others arrested during an operation by international troops in southeastern Paktika province, an official said on Thursday.
The predawn operation was conducted at 1:30 pm in Janikhel district, the governor's spokesman, Mukhlis Afghan, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Commander Mullah Ghazi Shahin, a targeted person of the operation, was among the detainees, he said, adding a woman was also killed during the operation.
A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said Shahin had no relation with Taliban and all the victims were civilians.
A statement from ISAF confirmed the death of a woman during the operation. A woman was killed and another injured in retaliatory firings when militants attack the troops from the civilian houses, it added.
-- Obaid Kharotai
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