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Daily Security Brief: January 24, 2012

Daily Security Brief: January 24, 2012

Jan 24, 2012 - 16:58

GHAZNI: As many as 160 arms and ammunition were handed over to the Disbandment of Illegal Armed Group (DIAG) last year in southern Ghazni province, an official said on Tuesday.

The weapons were turned in by the National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon), Lt. Col. Abdul Baqi, DIAG head for the province, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

The Afghan National Army (ANA) and police had also collected some illegal weapons but they were yet to be transferred to DIAG, he added.

NDS Director Syed Amir Shah Sadat said the weapons, most of them in working condition, were recovered during operations against militants and illegal armed groups.

--Mirwais Himmat


KABULinfo-icon: Four people, including the Gulbahar Trade Centre owner, were on Tuesday arrested in Kabul on charges of using fake signatures and stamps of senior government officials, an official said.

The individuals were detained by National Directorate of Security (NDS) operatives, Gen. Abu Bakar Rafi, the anti-corruption department head at the Attorney General's Office, told journalists.

He showed journalists 50 fake stamps and documents of government departments, including justice, security, higher educationinfo-icon, and fake signatures of senior government officials and the President's Office used by the detainees.   

Gulbahar Habibi, the Gulbahar Business Centre owner, had encroached upon 8.5 acres of government land by using fake signatures and stamps, the official said. 

The accused, who has also defaulted on repaying a $27 million loan to the Kabul Bank, had used fake signatures of the vice-president to build the centre by giving $150,000 in bribes. 

Rafi said the detainees had confessed to their crimes during preliminary investigations and the government departments concerned had been ordered to investigate the involvement of their employees.

--Mir Agha Samimi


KABUL: A foreign soldier succumbed to a non-battle injury in southern Afghanistaninfo-icon, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Tuesday.

In line with its policy, ISAFinfo-icon neither disclosed the exact location of the incident nor the nationality of the fallen servicemember.

Mostly American, British and Canadian soldiers are deployed to the restive south -- the heartland of the Talibaninfo-icon insurgency.

With the latest fatality, the death toll for foreign forces in Afghanistan this year has increased to 29, including 22 Americans. Last year, 566 international soldiers were killed in the country.

--Pajhwok Report


KABUL: A man was freed and his kidnappers were arrested during an operation by Afghan security personnel in Kabul on Tuesday, police said.

The group that abducted the man from the fourth police district was busted in the 11th police district of the capital, the 101st police zone said in a statement.

It added the kidnappers had asked the man's family for money, without putting a figure on ransom.

Two weeks ago, security personnel had freed a trader from captivity in the Kart-i-Naw locality, the statement said.

--Pajhwok Report


KAPISA: Three civilians were killed and four others wounded in a clash between Taliban and Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers in central Kapisa province on Tuesday.

District chief of Ala Sayee district Mullahinfo-icon Muhammad told Pajhwok Afghan News that the gunbattle occurred at about 4:00pm in the Ali Shah Khel area.

Two brothers were killed and four people of the area wounded, said the district chief, who did not know which side was responsible for the civilian casualties.

Abdul Razaq, a tribal elder from the area, said: "There has been fighting between Taliban and ANA soldiers in Ali Shah Khel for the last two days." The wounded people were taken to a Kabul hospital by their relatives.

A similar clash in the district on Monday killed two Taliban fighters and injured four civilians, two policemen and an ANA soldier.

--Bakhtar Sapi



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