Daily Security Brief: October 27, 2011
KABUL: Four insurgents were killed and 33 others detained during joint operations over the past 24 hours in different provinces, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Thursday.
The operations were conducted by Afghan and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) personnel in Kabul, Nangarhar, Kunduz, Balkh, Kandahar, Nimroz, Maidan Wardak and Khost, the ministry said in a statement.
Eleven AK-47 assault rifles with nine magazines, three pistols, 559 bullets, 40 kilograms of ammonium nitrate, 10 RPG shells, 160 kg of explosives, three anti-vehicle mines, 10 anti-personnel mines, two magnetic bombs and 4 artillery shells, were seized.
KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA: Four people were killed and 20 others injured in separate incidents of violence in Pakistan's northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Thursday, officials said.
Fourteen people were wounded when a bomb exploded in front of a bank in the New Rampura Gate area of the provincial capital, Peshawar, police officer Hanif Khattak said.
The blast took place in the Milad Square, a busy wheat flour trading centre in the Hashtnagri neighbourhood, one local trader named Mirza Gul told Pajhwok Afghan News.
The injured were taken to the Lady Reading Hospital, said Dr. Mushtaq, who added two of them were in critical condition.
Khattak said four shops and as many cars were also damaged in the explosion.
Elsewhere, two insurgents were killed and three others injured during an ongoing operation in the lawless Khyber tribal region near the Afghan border, a security official said on condition of anonymity.
He said the offensive would continue until the area was cleared of militants. Hundreds of families have fled the conflict zone and arrived at a refugee a camp in Peshawar.
Separately, a paramilitary troops' vehicle hit a roadside bomb in the Landikotal sub-division of Khyber, killing two soldiers and injuring three others.
KHOST: Two mine planters were killed and three others arrested during a joint operation in southeastern Khost province, Col. Shah Sawar, a spokesman for the 203rd military crops, told Pajhwok Afghan News on Thursday.
The operation was conducted by Afghan and ISAF forces in Sabari district. The militants were sent to a base of foreign troops. Another rebel was killed by the explosive device he was planting in the Sheikh Amir area of Gurbaz district at about 10 pm, said Zyarat Gul, the provincial police spokesman.
NANGARHAR: Five robbers and a dozen poppy farmers have been arrested by police in Khogyani and Sherzad districts of eastern Nangarhar province, official said on Thursday.
The robbers were arrested from a house on Thursday, the administrative head of Khogyani district told Pajhwok Afghan News. Haji Mohammad Hassan said the burglars had extorted thousand of afghanis and mobile phones from passengers in the Mimla area.
A victim, Amanullah claimed the thieves had snatched three mobile phones and 220,000 Pakistani rupees from him.
Hassan said five growers had detained for cultivating opium poppies in different areas of the district.
Elsewhere in the province, seven farmers were arrested in the Kodikhel area of Sherzad district for cultivating poppies, said Mirza Mohammad Nasrat, the town's administrative head.
NANGARHAR: A would-be suicide attacker, who wanted to target the governor of eastern Nangarhar province, was arrested by police, an official said on Thursday.
The 17-year-old, identified as Hidayatullah, a resident of Farah province, was arrested on the Jalalabad-Torkham highway in Hisar Shahi area of Rudat district, the governor's spokesman, Ahmad Zia Abulzai told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Hidayatullah had confessed he was trained in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan's Balochistan province, and he was given the suicide jacket somewhere in Nangarhar, Abdulzai said, without providing further details.
--Abdul Mueed Hashmi
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