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Daily Security Brief: December 19, 2011

Daily Security Brief: December 19, 2011

Dec 19, 2011 - 18:55

BADGHIS: Two Talibaninfo-icon fighters and a police officer were killed during a clash in Bala Murghab district of northwestern Badghis province, an official said on Monday.

A third fighter was injured in the clash that took place in the Panarak area on Sunday night, police chief, Col. Mohammad Jabbar Saleh, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

The gun-battle erupted after a group of insurgents attacked a police checkpoint in the area, he said. In the ensuing clash, two attackers and a police officer were killed.

Resident Syed Noruddin said he heard gunshots in the morning and later he saw police carrying a dead body of their colleague.

Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman, confirmed the clash, but denied the fighters had suffered any casualties. He claimed three policemen were killed and four others were wounded in the overnight attack.

--Abdul Latif Ayyubi


HERAT: A 10-member group of militants joined the peace process in western Herat province, an official said on Monday.

Led by Ali Ahmad and Syed Imamuddin, the group remained active in Chasht-i-Sharif district against government and foreign forces, police spokesman, Col. Noor Khan Nikzad, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

They also turned in their weapons, he said, adding the joining would help improve security in Chasht-i-Sharif district and nearby areas.

A number of infrastructure development projects are in progress in Chasht-i-Sharif, 160 kilometers east of Herat city. An Indian firm has been working on the construction of Salma Dam there.

Meanwhile, security forces detained eight people with weapons and explosives in Guzra, Oba and Shindand districts, the spy service said in a statement.

Three kallashinkovs, a gun, four hand grenades, seven rocket shells, firecrackers, a walkie-talkie and some explosives were seized from the detainees, provincial National Directorate of Security Department said in a statement.

The individuals were involved in attacks on military convoys and killings of civilians, it alleged.

--Ahmad Quraishi


KABULinfo-icon: Four militants were detained and an ammunition cache recovered during separate operations in southern Kandahar, Helmand and Zabul provinces, the Ministry of Defence said on Monday.

The ammunition cache was recovered during a joint operation by Afghan and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in the Zangabad area of Panjwai district in Kandahar on Sunday evening, the ministry said in a statement.

The cache consisted of dozens of illuminating cartridges, seven jerry canes, each carrying 20 litres of acid, two warheads of mortar shell, 44 anti-personal mines, four anti-tank mines, three bags of explosives and other materials, the statement said.

In neighbouring Zabul province, the statement added, three suspected militants were detained with arms and ammunition during an operation in Shah Joy district.

Elsewhere, police caught red handed a militant planting a roadside bomb in Grishk district of southern Helmand province, the governor’s office said.

The detainee had been involved in roadside blasts that had taken the lives of many innocent people, the governor's office said in a statement.

Meanwhile, two children were injured in a blast in the new bazaar area of the district, the statement added.

--Zainullah Stanikzai


KABUL: Five insurgents were killed and 30 others, including a foreigner, were arrested during joint operations in different provinces over past 24 hours, the defence and interior ministries said on Monday.

The operations were conducted by Afghan and NATO-led troops in Nangarhar, Helmand, Uruzgan, Kandahar, and Ghazni provinces.

In a statement, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said a rebel was injured, 23 others detained and 10 AK-47 assault rifles, one machine gun, one mortar shell, 46 anti-vehicle mines and hand grenades, 24 kilograms of explosives, and more than one tonne of drugs including heroin and hashish were seized during the offensives.

In southern Kandahar province, a Pakistani national was detained along with six jerry cans full of explosives and a motorbike in Zherai district, the statement said.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said seven militants were detained in Farah and Helmand provinces.

Three AK-47 assault rifles, 25 anti-vehicle mines were seized and defused, four sacks of hashish, and 16 boxes of anti-aircraft bullets were seized during the joint operations.

--Pajhwok Report



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