Civilians among 34 killed in new wave of violence
KABUL (PAN): Twenty-one insurgents, 10 security personnel and four civilians have been killed in separate security incidents in the past 24 hours in different parts of the country, officials said on Saturday.
A suicide bomber and his seven comrades were killed on Friday when the suicide vest he was wearing exploded prematurely in the Gilan district of southern Ghazni province, ALP commander Ghulam Sakhi told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Separately, four militants were killed when the roadside bomb were planting in the Rasana village of Gilan district went off on Saturday morning, 203rd Military Corps Commander Nazifullah Sultani said.
Three more fighters were killed in a 30 minutes clash triggered by a Taliban attack on a convoy of Afghan troops in the Mamja area of Maqur district, he added.
Four militants perished and two others were wounded on Friday during another a clash with local police in the Lilizi area of Qarabagh, said the administrative head of the town, Fazl Rahman Nazarwal.
Meanwhile, a woman and six policemen were killed and four others wounded in two roadside bomb explosions in the Sangin district of southern Helmand province, the governor’s spokesman, Omar Zwak, said.
Separately, four Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed in an improvised explosive device attack in the Bakwa district of western Farah province on Saturday, a statement from the Ministry of Defence, said.
In the southeastern Paktika province, two children died and three other people, including a woman, were injured at 7am when a tractor hit a roadside bomb in the Sara Diwal area of Yahyakhel district, a statement from the governor’s office, said.
Unidentified gunmen shot dead a shopkeeper and burnt his shop on Friday night in Pul-i-Alam, the capital of central Logar province, said the deputy police chief, Col. Raees Khan Sadiq.
The victim, Mirakhan, neither had any enmity with anyone nor links with government. Local policemen would regularly come to his shop and he might have been killed on charge of having links with police, believed a resident of the area, Mohammad Saber.
Two would-be bombers were killed by police in the Garmaw area on the outskirts of Tirinkot, the capital of central Uruzgan province, on Friday night.
Police had received intelligence regarding the entry of an explosives-laden vehicle from Kandahar into the province. When the driver ignored signals to stop, police opened fire on his vehicle, said the commander of second police district, Lt. Gul Agha.
A policeman at the checkpoint, Mohammad Kabir, said he had signalled the vehicle to stop, but the driver tried to flee.
“I was trying to capture the driver, but the vehicle exploded after being hit by a bullet,” he added. Dozens kilograms of explosives, weapons and ammunitions had been placed in the vehicle, he concluded.
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