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Daily Security Brief: November 23, 2011

Daily Security Brief: November 23, 2011

Nov 23, 2011 - 14:58

BAGHLAN: A German soldier with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAFinfo-icon) was injured in a roadside bombing in northern Baghlan province on Wednesday, officials said.

The explosion happened in Charshanba Tepa area of Baghlan-i-Markazi district, where an ISAF patrol vehicle struck the roadside bomb, 1st Li. Christen, the ISAF spokesman in Baghlan, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Provincial police chief, Brig. Gen. Asadullah Sherzad, said the explosion happened at around 1pm. He had no information about casualties.

Resident Asadullah said: "The scene was cordoned off and nobody allowed to enter the area by foreign troops."

--Habibur Rahman Sherzai


GHAZNI: Talibaninfo-icon on Wednesday claimed killing an Afghan National Army (ANA) officer who was kidnapped in Andar district of southern Ghazni province two weeks ago.

ANA officer Qais belonged to the Guzra district of western Herat province, militant spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told Pajhwok Afghan News.

The body of the army officer, who was killed in the Yargat area of the district after two weeks of investigations, would be released to his family, he said.

Gen. Daud Shah Wafadar, commander of the 3rd brigade of the 203rd Thunder Military Corps, said one of the soldiers had been missing over the past few days. However, Wafadar neither confirmed nor rejected the Taliban claim. 

--Mirwais Himmat


HERAT: Three people were injured when a mortar warhead exploded in the capital of western Herat province on Wednesday, officials said.

The explosion took place when a mechanic was hitting the warhead with a hammer in his workshop in the 5th police district of Herat City, a police spokesman told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Col. Abdul Rauf Ahmadi said the victims were taken to the zonal hospital. Three injured were under medical treatment, hospital spokesman Mohammad Rafiq Sherzai said.

On Sept.12, two people were killed and three others wounded in a similar explosion when a blacksmith was hammering a warhead in the Korkh district of the province.

--Ahmad Quraishi


KABULinfo-icon: Three International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers were injured in a roadside bombing on the Kabul-Parwan highway, officials said on Wednesday.

The incident took place when an ISAF military vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the Qala Dasht area of Qarabagh district of Kabul on Tuesday night, the district chief told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Khwaja Mohammad Hanif Siddiqui said three foreign soldiers were wounded and their vehicle damaged as a result of the explosion.

The convoy was on its way to Kabul when a remote-controlled bomb hit it, Bagram district police chief Col. Hafizullah said.

"While traveling from Kabul to Parwan last night, we saw a vehicle of NATO-led troops on fire in the area,” witness Ziaul Haq said.

ISAF confirmed the incident that was followed by clash with insurgents. Initial reports indicated the explosion and the exchange of fire caused the troops no fatalities, a statement from the NATOinfo-icon-led force said.

"In accordance with ISAF policy, we cannot confirm or provide any details about the presence, number or nature of coalition injuries,” the statement added.

A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said they had blown up a vehicle of foreign troops at around 8pm in the Akakhel area of the district, inflicting causalities on six soldiers.

--Farid Tanha


KAPISA: One employee of a demining agency was killed and two others were injured in the Kohband district of central Kapisa province on Wednesday, officials said on Wednesday.

The incident happened in the Ata Khan area of the district, where a rocket hit the HALO Trust, police official Col. Mohammad Anwar told Pajhwok Afghan News. He blamed the Taliban for firing the rocket.

Local tribal elder Mualim Sarwar said: "We heard an explosion in the morning." Later, they were informed of the casualties suffered by deminers.

But a Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, denied the fighters had fired the rocket.

--Bakhtar Sapai


NIMROZ: At least 55 kilograms of drugs were seized by the security personnel in southwestern Nimroz province, an official said on Wednesday.

The crystal type heroin was recovered from a corolla car on Tuesday in the Kang district, Brig. Gen. Abdul Jabar Purdali, the provincial police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

The driver, who wanted to traffic the drugs to Iran, managed to flee from the scene when police reached to the area, he added.

Nasir Ahmad, a resident of the area said: "Policemen stopped a car and seized some packets of drugs as a result of searching the car."



NIMROZ: Unidentified gunmen shot dead a tribal elder and former jihadi commander in southwestern Nimroz province on Wednesday morning, an official said.

Rahmatullah Hanasheni was gunned down on his way home along with two children, said Ghulam Sarwar, an area resident.

Brig. Gen. Abdul Jabar Purdali, the provincial police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News the incident accrued in the 5th police district of Zaranj.

He said no one had been detained so far in connection with the murder, but police had launched an investigation into the attack.




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