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Daily Security Brief: December 21, 2011

Daily Security Brief: December 21, 2011

Dec 21, 2011 - 17:43

HELMAND: Four Talibaninfo-icon militants were killed in a clash with police in southern Helmand province, where a civilian lost his life in a roadside bombing, an official said on Wednesday.

The four fighters were killed when police ambushed them in the Deh Adam Khan area, governor's spokesman Daud Ahmadi told Pajhwok Afghan News.

A car, two bombs and a Kalashnikov were recovered from the militants, while police suffered no casualties, he said.

Meanwhile, a driver was killed when his Mazda vehicle hit a Taliban-planed roadside bomb planted in Spin Jumat area of Grishk district on Tuesday, the governor's spokesman said.

A Taliban spokesman, Qari Yusuf Ahmadi, claimed the fighters killed eight policemen in the Nahr-i-Siraj Popalzai area of the district on Tuesday night.

However, he said nothing about the blast that killed the driver.

An official at the Helmand police headquarters, Col. Mohammad Esmael Hotak, rejected the Taliban claim that they had killed eight policemen, saying there was a clash between the two sides, but there were no casualties.

He acknowledged that a police vehicle was blown up the same area on Wednesday, leaving a policemen injured.

--Zainullah Stanikzai


KHOST: A militant was shot and killed by police after he attacked a private bank building in the southeastern province of Khost on Wednesday, an official said.

The attacker opened fire at security guards manning the gate of the Kabulinfo-icon Bank's branch in Khost city at around 10:20am before he was shot and killed by police, said Col. Ziarat Gul, the police spokesman.

The police, the bank employees and civilians suffered no casualties in the crossfire, he added.

The assailant wanted to launch his attack on the police headquarters from the bank building, but he could not succeed, Gul added.

“We had a prior intelligence report that a group of militants had entered the city. The police were ready for immediate response. We have launched an investigation to arrest the other fighters,” he said.

--Hidayatullah Khosti


NANGARHAR: Poppy crops grown over nearly 900 acres of land eradicated and 240 growers were detained over the past two weeks in eastern Nangarhar and Laghman provinces, officials said on Wednesday.

In Nangarhar, up to 257 acres of land was cleared of the illicit crop in Khogyani, Sorkhrud, Haska Mina, Pachiragam, Chaparhar, Sheraz and Spinghar districts, the governor's spokesman, Ahmad Zia Abdulzai told Pajhwok Afghan News.

He said 200 growers were also detained in connection with cultivating the plant. Abdulzai claimed poppy cultivation in 22 districts of the province had been reduced to zero.

Meanwhile, poppy crops cultivated over 602.5 acres of land were eradicated in Alingar district of eastern Laghman province, the district chief, Syed Sharif Pacha, said.

The poppy eradication drive has simultaneously been launched in Kalman, Sangar, Norlam and Parwai areas of the district, where 40 growers were detained, he said.

Another 40 acres of land was cleared in Salaw, Gardi, Mayel Dari, Masmod and Gonapal areas of Ali Shing district, the town's administrative head, Faridullah Niazai said.

--Abdul Mueed Hashimi



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