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Daily Security Brief: December 24, 2011

Daily Security Brief: December 24, 2011

Dec 24, 2011 - 17:26

GHAZNI: Weapons and landmines were seized during an operation by intelligence operatives in southern Ghazni province, an official said on Saturday.

The operation in the Amir Kala village of Andar district led to the recovery of six weapons, the intelligence department director, Syed Amir Shah Sadat, told reporters.

On Friday night, 60 kilograms of explosives, a machine gun, six mines, a walkie-talkie and ammunitions were recovered in the provincial capital, he said.

--Mirwais Himmat


KABULinfo-icon: Four armed insurgents were killed and eight others, including drug traffickers, detained during an operation in southern Kandahar province, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Saturday.

The operation in Arghandab district led to the seizure of one Kalashnikov, over 2,000 bullets, 23 pistols, 11 landmines, one hand grenade, 301kilograms of drugs, five vehicles and a motorbike.

In central Uruzgan province, a mine planter was detained in Khoshamand district, the MoI said in a statement. Eight mines and a motorbike were also seized from the detainee.

On Friday, four criminals were detained in 3rd, 4th and 13th police districts of Kabul. The individuals were allegedly involved robberies and selling acid. Another suspect was held with 21 kilograms of drugs in the 5th police district.

--Pajhwok Report


KABUL: Nine individuals were sentenced up to 20 years in jail on charges of trafficking drugs, the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) announced on Saturday.

Convicted by an appellant court at the end of an open trial, the accused had defence lawyers to plead their cases, CJTF spokesman, Ahmad Khalid Mowahid, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Hailing from Nimroz, Helmand, Bamyan, Nangarhar, Helmand and Farah provinces, the men were held with more than six kilograms of heroin, 65 kg of morphine and 1,229 kg of opium by counternarcotics police.

They were convicted by the court of appeal that upheld the verdict of a primary court and investigations by prosecutors into the cases, Mowahid said.

Under the relevant law, a convict could move the Supreme Court against the appellate court decision.

--Khwaja Basir Ahmad


PAKTIA/ HELMAND: Thousands of kilograms of drugs were seized during operations in Paktia and Helmand provinces, officials said on Saturday.

Sixty-four bags of hashish, weighing 4,500 kilograms, were recovered by police in the Ahmadabad districts of Paktia, a statement from the governor's office said.

No one was detained in connection with the narcotics, according to the statement, which said seven mortar shells were also seized in the area. Drug traffickers wanted to smuggle the hashish to Pakistaninfo-icon.

Separately, police recovered 280 kilograms of opium from a car in the Washer district of Helmand on Friday. The traffickers managed to flee, the governor's house said.

--Daud Tapan & Zainullah Stanikzai



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