Daily Security Brief: October 16, 2011
FARAH: A weapons depot was discovered on Sunday in the Balabuluk district of western Farah province, an official said.
The arms dump was discovered in the Shivan area, the district police chief told Pajhwok Afghan News. Maj. Abdul Basir said the weapons belonged to Mullah Sultan, a former Taliban governor for the province.
A hundred rocket and artillery shell, 13 Kalashnikovs, 55 bullets, two pistols and five rocket-propelled grenades were seized the house of Sultan's brother-in-law, Basir added.
--Mohammad Hamayun Zahin
KABUL: Two International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) servicemembers were killed in Taliban attacks in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, the alliance said.
The deaths were announced on Sunday in a brief statement from the multinational force that neither disclosed the victims’ nationalities nor the exact locations of the assaults.
However, the British Defence Ministry told foreign media outlets that one of its soldiers was shot dead after a checkpoint came under fire from the militants in the Nahr-e-Saraj district of southern Helmand province on Saturday.
With the latest fatalities, the number of foreign troops killed in Afghanistan so far in 2011 has increased to 485, including 34 British soldiers.
KAPISA: Two people were killed and a dozen others injured by a Taliban-fired shell in central Kapisa province, officials said on Sunday.
The 82mm artillery shell landed in a house in the Anardara village of Tagab district on Saturday evening, the district chief told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Abdul Hakim Akhunzada said two people including a child were killed and a dozen others, including women, injured.
The shell missed its target, a checkpoint in the area. The injured were taken to health facility of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).
"The shell fired by the Taliban from nearby mountains fell inside a residential house," confirmed a tribal elder from the village, Ataullah. Many of the wounded were children, he added.
A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said he had no information about the incident. Who fired the shell would be known soon, he said.
PARWAN: Four people were killed in an exchange of gunfire between two feuding families in central Parwan province, an official said on Sunday.
The incident took place on Saturday night in the Deh Ghochak area of the city, Col. Mohammad Aram, the provincial crime branch chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
URUZGAN: At least nine civilians and two policemen were injured in a bomb explosion in central Uruzgan province on Sunday, an official said on Sunday.
The remote-controlled bicycle bomb exploded in the Dehrawoad district bazaar, Farid Aayal, the provincial police spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
He said the injured were evacuated to hospital. They are reported to be in stable condition.
--Ahmad Javed Khpalwak
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