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MEHTARLAM (Pajhwok): At least 16 people, mostly civilians, were killed and 39 others wounded on Thursday when a suicide bomber struck a funeral for victims of an earlier Taliban attack in eastern Laghman province. The suicide attack took place in... read more
GHAZNI CITY/MEHTARLAM (Pajhwok): Eleven members of an uprising group and seven insurgents died in a fierce gunbattle in southern Ghazni province on Thursday, the gubernatorial spokesman said. Shafiq Nang told Pajhwok Afghan News the insurgents... read more
Mehterlam Baba (Pajhwok): Forty eight public welfare projects, costing 58 million afghanis, have been completed in eastern Laghman province, an official said on Saturday.The governor’s spokesman, Sarhadi Zwak, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Deputy... read more
MEHTARLAM (Pajhwok): A number of provincial council candidates in eastern Laghman province have blamed the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) for favoritism, saying some runners had been declared successful as a result of underhand... read more
MEHTARLAM (Pajhwok): Two people were killed and nine others wounded in a traffic incident on the Nangarhar-Laghman highway on Sunday, an official said.  Sarhadi Zwak, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News two cars collided in... read more
MEHTARLAM (Pajhwok): One person was killed and 14 others were injured in a bomb blast in Mehtarlam, the capital of eastern Laghman province, on Friday, an official said.Sarhadi Zwak, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the explosion... read more
QALAT/MEHTARLAM (Pajhwok): Ten Afghan Local Police (ALP) officials, including a commander, were killed in two fresh incidents of violence in southern Zabul and eastern Laghman provinces, officials said on Wednesday.Six ALP personnel had been... read more
MEHTARLAM (Pajhwok): Eighteen people, including three women, were wounded on Friday when a magnetic bomb exploded in Mehtarlam, the capital of eastern Laghman province, the governor’s spokesman said.Sarhadi Zwak told Pajhwok Afghan News the bomb... read more
MEHTARLAM (Pajhwok): At least five Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers and three Afghan Local Police (ALP) members have been killed in separate security incidents in southeastern Paktia and eastern Laghman provinces, officials said on Tuesday.Three... read more
ASADABAD/METARLAM (Pajhwok): Bomb blast in Alingar and gunfire in Qarghio districts of eastern Laghman were reported, with voting in three polling stations of another eastern Kunar province delayed indefinitely, officials said Saturday.Brig. Gen.... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): Unidentified gunmen set fire to the record room of a girls’ school overnight in eastern Laghman province, torching text books and copies of the holy Quran, officials said on Thursday.The incident that occurred at the Sirajul Islam... read more
KABUL (PAN): About 2,164 Afghan National Army (ANA) and police recruits were awarded certificates on completing their training programmes in Nangarhar, Laghman and Kandahar provinces, officials said on Thursday.  Up to 1,400 ANA soldiers were... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): Five Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed and two others wounded in a roadside bombing in eastern Laghman province, officials said on Monday.The blast took place late Sunday when the soldiers were patrolling the Karanjaw... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): A commander was among 10 insurgents who joined the peace process in eastern Laghman province, officials said on Monday.The former fighters were welcomed to normal life at a ceremony attended by Governor Mohammad Iqbal Azizi, tribal... read more
LASHKARGAH/LAGHMAN (PAN): Thirteen Taliban insurgents were killed in an airstrike and a gunbattle in southern Helmand and eastern Laghman provinces, officials said on Friday.Eleven fighters were killed by helicopter-borne troops on Thursday night... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): One person was killed and four others injured when a car crashed into another car in eastern Laghman province on Friday, traffic officials said.The collision occurred at 8am in Char Dahi area on the outskirts of Mehtarlam, the... read more
MEHTERLAM (PAN): Police headquarter handed over 82 weapons to the Disbandment of Illegal Armed Group (DIAG) programme in eastern Laghman province on Sunday, an official said.The weapons including 63 machine-guns, 10 pistols and 1 rocket propelled... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): Unidentified motorcyclists shot dead three civilians and wounded a fourth in the capital city of eastern Laghman province, an official said on Friday.Four motorcyclists opened fire on civilians in the Maidan village on the outskirts... read more
MEHTARLAM CITY (PAN): About 100 militants, who admitted they were fighting against the government due to false information, decided to lay arms and join the peace process in eastern Laghman province, officials said on Monday.PAJHWOK/Obaidullah Baidar
MEHTARLAM (PAN): Ten militants, who admitted they were fighting against the government due to false information, decided to lay arms and join the peace process in eastern Laghman province, officials said on Monday.The militant group’s commander... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): There has been a significant fall in traffic accidents on the Kabul-Torkham highway since Pakistan blocked the key supply route for NATO-led forces in Afghanistan last year, drivers and passengers say.Islamabad halted supplies... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): Unidentified gunmen shot injured a tribal elder along with his father and son in the eastern province of Laghman on Sunday, officials said.Haji Shah Mard Khan, who heads the Qargahyee district development council, was attacked along... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): In eastern Laghman province, 18 people were injured in police fire when the protestors turned violent in Mehtarlam, the provincial capital. Two of the injured were in critical condition, Public Health Director Dr. Latif Qayyumi said... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): Fifteen insurgents were killed and three others, including a police officer, detained during a search operation in eastern Laghman province, officials said on Friday.Afghan and NATO-led troops conducted the predawn offensive in the... read more
PUL-I-ALAM (PAN): A kidnappers’ gang was busted by intelligence operatives during a week-long operation in central Logar province, an official said on Wednesday. A man was released after being kept for 27 days in captivity and the group members... read more
MAHTARLAM (PAN): There has been a sharp increase in mysterious killings in eastern Laghman province, residents claimed on Sunday, calling for effective measures to deal with the current wave of insecurity.The security situation was deteriorating in... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): Education minister on Thursday launched the process of distributing land plots to teachers in eastern Laghman province, where some newly-constructed school buildings were inaugurated, officials said.Dr. Farooq Wardak inaugurated a... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): The foundation stone of three projects, including a library, was laid and a fourth completed in eastern Laghman province on Wednesday, an official said.  Work on a 610 meters protective wall was completed in the Kandy village... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): Three Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were wounded when their vehicle plunged into a river in eastern Laghman province on Sunday, an official said.The ANA troops met the accident during a search operation in the Sangar village,... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): Traffic on the Kabul-Jalalabad highway remained stranded for five hours after heavy snowfall blocked the road in the Sarobi district of central Kabul province, commuters and officials said on Friday.The snow and ice brought the... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): Only $6 million of this year's $16.4 million development budget approved for eastern Laghman province has so far been utilised, a senior official said on Monday.Governor Muhammad Iqbal Azizi, speaking to a parliamentary delegation,... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): Cookies and cooking oil donated to students by the governments of Japan and the United States are selling in markets of eastern Laghman province, officials said on Saturday.The food items were provided by the Japanese government to... read more
KHOST CITY (PAN): Ten Taliban fighters, including a commander, on Wednesday joined the peace process, initiated by the Afghan government, in Khost and Laghman provinces.Nine militants, who had been active in Tani district of Khost, joined the... read more
KANDAHAR CITY (PAN): Four civilians were killed and two others injured in separate mine explosions in southern Kandahar province, an official said on Saturday.One of the explosions happened at around 9am in Khakrez district, where a passenger car... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): Three nomadic Kuchis were injured in a bombing in the eastern province of Laghman on Tuesday, officials said.The predawn explosion took place in the Mehtarlam desert, from where Kuchi families were bringing firewood on their donkeys... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): Militants were driven from their sanctuaries in several villages during a week-long operation involving Afghan and foreign troops in eastern Laghman province, officials said on Thursday.Ten militant sanctuaries were targeted in the... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): Four civilians were killed and three others injured in a roadside bombing in eastern Laghman province on Tuesday, officials said.The victims were traveling to Mehtarlam and their car struck a roadside bomb at 9:30am in the Chinchar... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): Three people were killed and five others wounded in a clash over land dispute in the Alingar district of eastern Laghman province, an official said on Tuesday.The clash between two tribes --Khozi and Aram -- erupted at around 10am... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): At least seven civilians were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in eastern Laghman province, officials said on Saturday.  The explosion took place in the Badyabad area on the outskirts of Mehtarlam, the... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): Two people were injured when a bomb planted in a cart went off in Mehtarlam city, the capital of eastern Laghman province, on Sunday, police said.The blast took place around 7am, injuring two people, deputy police chief Col. Daud... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): The International Security and Assistant Force (ISAF) targeted and killed two alleged mine planters during an overnight airstrike in eastern Laghman province, an official and residents said on Monday.The incident took place in... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): An Afghan National Army (ANA) officer was killed in a roadside bomb explosion and a woman injured in a rocket strike in eastern Laghman province, officials said on Sunday.The blast took place on Sunday morning when the officer was... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): Two fighters of the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA), led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, were detained during an operation in the eastern province of Laghman, officials and international troops said on Tuesday.The operation was conducted... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN):  The population of hawks runs the risk of becoming extinct in eastern Laghman province -- thanks to continued, indiscriminate hunting practices.   "I'm an old man, but my interest in hawking remains young," Mohammad... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): A dozen children were rescued and their kidnapper was detained by security officials in the eastern province of Laghman.Security officials showed the 12 children and the alleged abductor to media representatives at the provincial... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): The word “Allah” appeared on a cow’s brain after it was slaughtered by a butcher in eastern Laghman province, people said on Monday.As per usual, he slew a cow in Mehtarlam, the capital of Laghman, and sold its brain on one of his... read more
MEHTARLAM/MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): Three Taliban fighters were killed and five others injured in joint operations in eastern Laghman and central Maidan Wardak provinces, officials said on Sunday.The operation was conducted by the International Security... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): A US-funded canal was inaugurated in the Qarghayee district of eastern Laghman province on Wednesday, officials said.The 16-kilometre canal was fed by Alingar and Alishang Rivers, United States Agency for International Development (... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN):  Taliban fighters torched four trucks and detained their drivers in the eastern province of Laghman, officials said on Monday.The incident took place in the Garoch area late on Sunday, provincial police chief, Aziz Gharanai,... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): Nearly 462 kilograms of explosives were recovered from a truck by intelligence officials in the eastern province of Laghman, an official said on Sunday.The truck driver has been detained in connection with the explosives, a National... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): Foreign troops raided several houses, including that of a senior provincial high peace council member, in Mehtarlam city, the capital of eastern Laghman province, officials said on Thursday. The search operation comes days after... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): A kidnappers' gang member was arrested by intelligence agents on the Kabul-Jalalabad highway, an official said on Sunday. The detainee was part of a 10-member group of kidnappers active on the highway in Qarghayee district, an... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): The security situation in Mehtarlam, the capital of eastern Laghman province, has improved after the transfer of the security responsibility to local forces from international troops, the governor said on Monday. Mehtarlam was one... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): The government has implemented several reconstruction projects in eastern Laghman province, where some schemes are at different stages of completion, officials said on Sunday. About 60 reconstruction projects are underway in the... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): Some residents of eastern Laghman province say they will not cast votes for any candidate in next parliamentary election because their MPs did not keep their promises. The province has three seats in the Wolesi Jirga, one... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): Five suspected militants were killed by Afghan and coalition forces during a joint operation targeting a Taliban leader in the Qarghayee district of eastern Laghman province, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): Three people have been killed and six others wounded during an ongoing clash between two tribes in eastern Laghman province, a police official said on Friday. Both tribes are using light and heavy weapons during the clash over a... read more
MEHTARLAM/JALALABAD (PAN): Five people were killed and nine others wounded during a clash in the eastern province of Laghman, officials said on Thursday. The firefight between Taliban and police took place in the Parwayee area of Alingar district... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): Unidentified gunmen abducted a district police chief of neighbouring Nuristan province along with his three bodyguards in eastern Laghman province, Laghman police chief said on Friday. Allah Dad, the Doab district police chief, was... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Friday said a Taliban commander has been arrested during an operation in eastern Laghman province. The rebel leader was arrested in Alingar district, the force said in a... read more
JALALABAD (PAN):  International forces killed two civilians during an operation in the eastern province of Laghman, an official said on Wednesday. Soldiers arrived by helicopter in Wat Jabarkhel village of Alingar district around 12 am and... read more
PUL-I-ALAM/MEHTARLAM (PAN): Unidentified gunmen kidnapped the secretary of the Logar Provincial Council and three others in the eastern province of Laghman, officials said on Saturday. The incident took place on Wednesday in the Aziz Khan Kas area... read more
  PUL-I-ALAM/MEHTARLAM (PAN): Unidentified gunmen kidnapped the secretary of the Logar Provincial Council and three others in the eastern province of Laghman, officials said on Saturday. The incident took place on Wednesday in the Aziz Khan... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): An explosives-laden car was seized by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel in the eastern province of Laghman, officials said on Sunday. Intelligence operatives seized the car, which was on its way to Mahtarlam from... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nine Taliban insurgents have been killed in separate clashes with the security personnel in eastern and southern parts of the country, officials said on Wednesday. Rebels attacked a border police post in Nazyan district in eastern... read more

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