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Daily Security Brief: January 2, 2012

Daily Security Brief: January 2, 2012

Jan 02, 2012 - 18:05

KABULinfo-icon: A combined Afghan and coalition security force discovered three weapon caches during a routine patrol in Tirinkot, the capital of central Uruzgan province, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Monday.

Seized on Sunday, the caches consisted of 60 anti-personnel mines, three hand grenades, three rocket-propelled grenade warheads, four 60 mm mortar rounds, 10 mortar charges, and more than1000 rounds of small arms ammunitions, the force said in a statement.

The troops destroyed a portion of the weapons on site without incident and confiscated the remaining portion for destruction at a later date, the statement said.

--Pajhwok Report


KABUL: Seven Talibaninfo-icon militants were killed and two others injured during a clash with Afghan National Army (ANA) troops in the Sarobi district of central Kabul province, an official said on Monday.

The clash erupted in Wrekhmin Tangi area on the Kabul-Jalalabad Highway when a group of militants opened fire on ANA patrolling vehicles, a spokesman for the 201st Selab Military Crops, Col. Nouman Hatifi, told Pajhwok Afghan News. He said two soldiers were injured in the attack.

The district chief, Hazrat Mohammad Haqbin, said the clash took place after ANA troops keeping security for the highway came under attack from insurgents. Two motorbikes belonging to the attacker were also seized, he said.

There has been no word from the Taliban about the incident.

Meanwhile, foreign forces claimed arresting four militants during an operation in the Sherzad district of eastern Nangarhar province, but the district chief said the detainees were civilians.

The four men were arrested with arms and explosive materials during a raid on a house late on Sunday night, the International Security and Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement.

The detainees are being interrogated, it said.

However, the district chief, Mirza Mohammad Nusrat, said they had no evidence proving connections between the detainees and militants. 

He said the foreign forces had recovered two Kalashnikovs from the house and immediately burnt the weapons.

--Abdul Mueed Hashmi


KABUL:  Three armed insurgents were killed, two wounded and 12 others arrested during a series of joint operations by Afghan and international forces in several provinces over the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Monday.

The operations involving Afghan National Police, Army, National Department of Security and Coalition Forces were carried out in Maidan Wardak, Nangarhar, Laghman, Helmand and Herat provinces.

The combined forces also discovered and confiscated seven AK-47 rifles with three magazines, seven anti-vehicle mines, three PKM machineguns, one pistol, two rifles, one rocket launcher, 16 heavy rounds, 14 hand grenades, one binocular, three radio handsets, one motorbike, and one vehicle.

Also, police confiscated 20 kg of explosive materials and three hand-grenades in Kabul and Kandahar provinces yesterday in separate operations, the interior ministry said in a statement.  

During the same, the 101 Kabul Zone Police confiscated 340 litres of alcoholic beverages and arrested an individual in connection with the case.

Meanwhile, police arrested a robber with an AK-47 rifle in Zaranj city, the capital of southwestern Nimroz province, while seven kg of heroin were confiscated in eastern Nangarhar province, the statement said. 

--Pajhwok Report


KANDAHAR: Two suicide bombers were arrested with an explosives-laden car during an operation by Afghan National Army (ANA) troops in southern Kandahar province, an official said on Monday.

The operation was conducted in the Shamir Qala area of Maiwand district on Sunday, the governor's spokesman, Zalmay Ayubi, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

The explosives were precisely defused by a bomb disposal squad of ANA and the two would-be suicide attackers were transferred to ANA headquarters.

Ayubi said the detainees wanted to target government departments. An investigation was ongoing and further details would be released to the media soon, he said.

--Bashir Ahmed Naadem

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KUNAR: Four insurgents were killed and a woman was injured during two separate operations by Afghan and international forces in eastern Kunar province, an official said on Monday.

Two Taliban commanders identified as Niamatullah and Shafiqullah were killed in the Badel valley of Narang district, Maj. Shareen Agha, the 201st Selab Military Corps, spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News. A woman also sustained injuries during the offensive that lasted two days, he said.

Another two Taliban fighters were killed and as many other detained during a separate operation in the Marawar district, Agha said, adding security personnel and civilians stayed unhurt.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, confirmed the deaths of two fighters in the Marawar district, but expressed unawareness about the operation in Narang.

--Khan Wali Salarzai


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