4 bombers killed in Paktika gunbattle
SHARAN/HERAT CITY (PAN): Four insurgents wearing suicide vests were killed in a clash with a joint Afghan-international security force before they reached their target in the Barmal district of southeastern Paktika province, officials said on Saturday.
The attackers wanted to enter the district's bazaar to launch attacks on government buildings, but they were shot dead by Afghan and foreign troops before, the governor's spokesman, Mukhlis Afghan, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
He said the targets were the district headquarters and a joint Afghan-coalition base in the town. The gunbattle that broke out at around 9am continued until 11am, the gubernatorial spokesman said, adding the joint force suffered no casualties.
Bodies of the militants were still lying at the site, cordoned off by the joint force and an investigation was ongoing, Afghan said.
Earlier, a spokesman for the second brigade of the 203rd Thunder Military Corps, Nasar Zhwak, said the forces recovered two suicide vests, a machine gun and a Kalashnikov from the dead.
A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said a group of suicide bombers had entered a base of foreign troops.
Elsewhere, four policemen, including a sergeant, and a hotel owner were killed in separate incidents of violence in western Herat province.
A group of fighters attacked a border police patrol in the Chah Kahsan area of Gulran district, killing four policemen, said Brig. Gen. Sher Ahmad Maldani, the border police commander.
Noor Ahmad, a resident, confirmed the incident, but he had no information about casualties.
Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, claiming responsibility for the attack, said a police commander, Zaman Khan, was among five policemen killed by the rebels.
Meanwhile, a hotel owner was gunned down by motorcyclists in the 6th police district of Herat City. A police official, wishing anonymity, said Haji Fazal Ahmad was killed on his way home. The attackers managed to escape.
In Kabul, the ministries of interior and defence said four insurgents were killed, two injured and 17 others arrested during joint operations in different provinces over the past 24 hours.
The operations were conducted by Afghan and NATO-led troops in Nangarhar, Kunar, Kapisa, Kandahar, Ghazni, Khost, Paktia and Paktika provinces.
In a statement, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said 11 AK-47 assault rifles with 36 magazines, two hand-grenades, 150 kilograms of explosives, four mortar shells, 10 pistols, three motorbikes, and a vehicle were confiscated during the operations.
Additionally, the 101st Kabul Zone Police detained seven individuals on charges of robbery, extortion and injuring people in the 2nd, 6th, 10th and 11th police districts of the Kabul city.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in a separate statement said two Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed in line of duty in the Tagan and Khashrod districts of Kapisa and Nimroz provinces.
Nearly 112 kg of explosives, four rocket-propelled grenades (RPG) shells, two AK-47 assault rifles, three pistols, four and a half kg of opium, 15 Kalashnikov's bullets, one BM-12 shell, eight bombs and three anti-personnel mines were seized in Nangarhar, Helmand, Kandahar and Kunduz provinces, the ministry said.