Monday, January 23, 2012

Explosion rocks eastern Khost province

An explosion rocked eastern Khost province early Monday morning around 9 am local time.

According to local authorities, the incident took place in Ismail Khel district of eastern Khost province after a roadside bomb went off targeting an Afghan National Police vehicle crossing from the area.

Provincial police chief Sardar Mohammad Zazi confirmed that it was a roadside bomb explosion and said, at least two police service members were injured during the incident.

In the meantime Dr. Hedayatullah Hamid a provincial health official said, at least five police service members injured during the incident were shifted to the hosptial.

Taliban militants group immediately claimed responsibility behind the incident.

The Taliban group claimed, at least 7 Afghan police were killed following the explosion.

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US drone strike kills four in Pakistan: officials

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan A US drone fired missiles into a vehicle, killing four militants in Pakistan's Taliban and Al-Qaeda hub of North Waziristan on Monday that hugs the Afghan border, security officials said.

It was only the third such US attack reported in the nuclear-armed state so far this year, following a moratorium after US firepower inadvertently killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November, plunging relations to an all-time low.

The attack took place at Degan village, some 25 kilometres (15 miles) west of Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan, the Pakistani officials said.

"A US drone fired two missiles into a vehicle and four militants were killed," a senior security official told AFP on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media.

Local intelligence officials said the dead militants were from Turkmenistan, but their exact identities were not immediately known.

"The vehicle burst into flames after the missiles hit. Militants have cordoned the area and (are) taking out the bodies," a local official told AFP.
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Jan.23., 2012. - ISAF Joint Command Morning Operational Update

KABUL, Afghanistan (Jan. 23) — A combined Afghan and coalition security force conducted an operation in search of a Taliban leader in Sayyidabad district, Wardak province, Saturday.

The leader, Farid, served as a Taliban judge in Wardak province. He was responsible for multiple ambushes, roadside bomb and direct-fire attacks against Afghan and coalition forces throughout the area. He was also known for mistreating the local populace and facilitating a kidnapping operation.

During the operation, the security force observed several armed insurgents inside a vehicle. Two insurgents exited the vehicle and raised their weapons toward the security force, while the remaining insurgents aimed their weapons from inside the vehicle. The security force responded to the immediate threat and returned fire, killing Farid and the insurgents.

Multiple rocket-propelled grenades, AK-47 assault rifles, grenades and chest racks were confiscated during the operation.

No civilians were injured during the operation.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

A combined Afghan and coalition security force discovered a drug cache while conducting a patrol in Panjwa‘i district, Kandahar province, yesterday. The cache consisted of approximately 660 pounds (300 kilograms) of marijuana. Security forces destroyed all drugs on site without incident.

In Dand district, Kandahar province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force discovered a drug cache while conducting an operation today. The cache consisted of approximately 2,000 pounds (909 kilograms) of hash. The security force confiscated the drugs and will destroy them at a later date.
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16 militants killed in Afghan-NATO military operations

Kabul, 01/22/2012 - According to officials in the Ministry of Interior Affairs of Afghanistan, at least 16 armed militants were killed in joint Afghan and NATO troops operations across the country.

Afghan Interior Ministry following a press release on Sunday said, the militants were killed in Afghan and NATO troops operations at Kabul, Kapisa, Kandahar, Helmand, Wardak and Khost provinces of Afghanistan.

The source further added, at least 10 other militants were also injured during the operations.

In the meantime Afghan Defense officials said, an Afghan National Army helicopter crashed in north-eastern Badakhshan province on Sunday morning.

The officials following a statement said, the emergency landing of the Afghan Army helicopter was due to worse weather conditions.

The statement further added, there were casualties as a result of the Afghan army helicopter emergency landing in Badakhshan province.

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