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Daily Security Brief: December 25, 2011

Daily Security Brief: December 25, 2011

Dec 25, 2011 - 17:37

FARAH: An insurgent commander was among five fighters killed during a police operation in western Farah province, the Ministry of Interior said on Sunday.

Mullahinfo-icon Tayeb, who planned militant attacks and explosions in Bakwa, was killed along with four associates in the Rodak area late on Saturday, the ministry said in a statement.

Police seized two AK-47 assault rifles with six magazines, one rocket-propelled grenade, eight hand grenade fuses, two radio handsets and seven rockets.

The provincial police chief, confirming the operation, said Tayeb was the Talibaninfo-icon chief for Khashrod district. Brig. Gen. Syed Ahmad Roshandil said the commander's guards were killed in the offensive.

--Pajhwok Report


KABULinfo-icon: Nearly 11 tonnes of drugs were seized and a man detained during separate operations in the southern province of Kandahar, NATO-led troops and an Afghan official said on Sunday.

The narcotics were recovered during overnight operations by Afghan and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers in the Spin Boldak and Punjwai districts, a statement from the alliance said.

More than10 tonnes of hashish seized in the Spin Boldak border district and was destroyed at the site, the statement said, adding a man was detained in connection with the drugs.

The second cache, containing approximately 136 kilograms of marijuana, was found in the Panjwai district. Up to 450 kg hashish was captured and burnt during a third operation in the Daman district of the province.

The governor’s spokesman, Zalmay Ayubi, confirmed the seizure of the drugs in the three districts. However, he gave no further details of the counternarcotics operations.

--Bashir Ahmad Naadim


NANGARHAR: Afghan border police, backed by NATO-led troops, discovered an ammunition depot in eastern Nangarhar province, bordering Pakistaninfo-icon, an official said on Sunday.

Containing a large number of roadside bombs and other explosives, the dump was discovered in a graveyard in the Kandahari area of Kama district, the border police chief said.

Brig. Gen. Aminullah Amarkhel added the explosives included 36 anti-vehicle mines, 11 anti-tank mines, six anti-personnel mines and 46 mortar shells.

The explosives, dumped by the insurgents for use in terrorist activities, had been shifted to Goshta district, where the international soldiers would precisely them, Amarkhel said. No one had so far been arrested in connection with the depot.

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), on the other hand, said a weapon depot had been discovered in central Uruzgan province. The weapons included four rockets, light guns and explosives, the force said in a statement.

It added 20 bombs, some explosives, five rockets and three mortar shells were recovered in Zurmat district of southeastern Paktia province.

--Abdul Mueed Hashimi


SAMANGAN: Nine people sustained injuries in a collision in Aibak, the capital of northern Samangan province, on Sunday, an official said.

The incident happened in the Hassan Khel village where a passenger coach collided with a jeep, traffic officer Lt. Col. Mohammad Ibrahim told Pajhwok Afghan News.

The injured were taken to a healthinfo-icon facility, he said, blaming the accident on reckless driving in icy conditions.

The coach driver, Firyzodin, who escaped unhurt, accused the jeep driver of irresponsible driving.

A doctor on duty at the provincial hospital, Dr. Gul Ahmad Quraishi, confirmed receiving nine injured people. He said four critically wounded people were referred to a hospital in northern Balkh province.

--Mohammad Barat



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