Daily Security Brief: October 11, 2011
FARAH: Two Taliban fighters and a policeman were killed during a clash in western Farah province, Brig. Gen. Sayed Mohammad Andarabi, the provincial police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News on Tuesday.
The clash took place Monday night when a group of militants assaulted a police checkpoint in the Kal Qala area of Bala Balok district, he said, adding another two policemen were also wounded during the firefight.
They were evacuated to the provincial central hospital in stable condition, he concluded.
GHAZNI: A deputy quick response police commander was killed in a Taliban attack in southern Ghazni province, an official said on Tuesday.
The clash, which lasted for more than three hours, erupted on Monday after a convoy of the Afghan National Army (ANA) and Afghan National Police (ANP) came under militant assault in the mountainous Laghari village of the restive Rashidan district, claiming Commander Abdul Ahad’s life.
The convoy, also accompanied by journalists, intended to reinforce the existing district police force and carry supplies there.
The Taliban were largely active in the district, launching attacks on security personnel, villager Syed Ishaq said.
Laghari village is located eight kilometer from the Rashidan district centre, 35km north of Ghazni City, which borders with Jaghato district of central Maidan Wardak province.
HERAT: Three kidnappers were detained by intelligence operatives during an operation in western Herat province, an official said on Tuesday.
The kidnappers were detained with support from local residents on Monday, said the governor spokesman, Muheeuddin Noori.
A 12- year-old child was also rescued from the kidnappers in the Kashkak village of Enjel district, he added.
The child was abducted from Herat city about a month back. Weapons including 8 grenades, 2 bayonets, one walky-talky, 2 police uniforms and a vehicle were also seized during the operation.
-- Ahmad Quraishi
The soldier was killed on Monday, but the cause of his death was still unknown, a statement from the multinational force said, adding an investigation had been launched to determine the cause of the murder.
In line with its policy, ISAF did not reveal the soldier's nationality and exact location of the incident, but most of the troops deployed to the south are US, British and Canadian.
So far this year, 476 international troops, including 359 Americans, have been killed in Afghanistan.
LAGHMAN: An official of the provincial power department was killed in a remote-controlled bomb explosion in eastern Laghman province on Tuesday, an official said.
The explosion took place in the Di Muslim village of Mehtarlam city, the provincial capital, on Tuesday afternoon, said, Maj. Mohammad Dawud Barakzai, the provincial deputy police chief.
Abdul Samad, 51, was on his way home from office when came under attack, he said.
-- Obaidullah Bidar
Logar: A man who killed his wife and brother-in-law surrendered to police in central Logar province on Tuesday, officials said.
Hajji Wakil, who had confessed to his crime, is a resident of Choni area near Pul-i-Alam City, Ghulam Sakhi Roghlewanai, the provincial police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Wakil has claimed that his brother-in-law had an affair with his second wife. He said he could not tolerate the relationship and killed both of them, according Roghlewanai.
The police official said the man was being interrogated to find out the truth.
Wakil took his brother-in-law under the garb of buying land to an area in the city and killed him. He then went to his home and shot dead his wife, Col. Mohammad Jan Abid, the provincial crime branch chief said.
He added there was no need of further investigation as the killer himself had confessed to his crime.
MAIDAN WARDAK: Three civilians, including two women, were killed following a roadside bombing in central Maidan Wardak province, an official said on Tuesday.
The explosion occurred late on Monday in Kashmiri Qala area on the outskirts of Maidan Shahr, the provincial capital, Shahidullah Shahid, the governor's spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
The civilians, who belonged to Kuchi tribe, were passing the area when the Taliban-planted mine detonated, he said.
Elsewhere in the province, police rescued two civilians who were abducted by the Taliban three days ago in the Salaar area, Shahid said.
No one was detained in connection with the abduction, but an investigation had been launched to arrest the kidnappers, he said.
Separately, the rebels forced a traffic officer off a vehicle and sprayed him with bullets on Kabul-Ghazni highway in the Salaar area of Syedabad district, the administrative head of the town, Dr. Muslim, told Pajhwok Afghan News on Tuesday.
The officer was traveling with his family from Ghazni to Kabul on Monday, when the Taliban got him off the vehicle and shot him dead, he added, saying the fighters managed to flee the scene.
A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said the militants had killed Naseer Ahmad, hailing from the Nawar district of southern Ghazni, who was working as Ghazni deputy chief of the National Directorate of Security (NDS).
-- Mohammad Farid Karimi
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