Thursday, February 2, 2012

Explosion kill and injure Afghan civilians in Kapisa

According to local authorities in eastern Afghanistan, at least 7 people were killed and injured following an explosion in eastern Kapisa province.

The officials further added, the incident took place after a car packed with explosives went off in Nejrab district of eastern Kapisa province.

District police chief for Nejrab Ata Mohammad Nazari confirming the report said, at least 1 Afghan civilian was killed and 6 others were injured following the explosion which took place in a busy market in Nejrab district.

Mr. Nazari further added, the explosion took place on Wednesday evening at Chowkandaz area.

He also added, the main target of the explosion was the convoy of the coalition security forces.

Local authorities in eastern Kapisa province expressed concerns on the growing violence and said this is the second explosion which has taken place recently.

No group including the Taliban militants have so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

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R.I.P. - Lance Cpl. Edward J. Dycus

DOD Identifies Marine Casualty

                The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

                Lance Cpl. Edward J. Dycus, 22, of Greenville, Miss., died Feb. 1 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

                This incident is under investigation.

                For additional background information on this Marine, news media representatives may contact the 2nd Marine Division public affairs office at 910-450-6575.

4 Taliban militants and 2 Afghan police killed in Herat

According to local government officials in western Afghanistan, at least four Taliban militants were killed following armed clashes with the Afghan border protection police forces in western Herat province.

Gen. Toryalai Halimyar deputy commander of the border protection forces in the 4th western zone said, the clashes took place last night in Keshk-Robat Sangi district after a number of the Taliban militants attacked a security check post.

Gen. Halimyar further added, at least four Taliban militants were killed during the clashes which lasted at least two hours.

He all added, Afghan security forces did not suffer any casualties during the clashes and armed Taliban militants fled the area.

Taliban militants group yet to comment regarding the reports.

Roadside bomb explosions at Shindand district:

In the meantime at least 2 Afghan police service members were killed and three others were injured in a separate incident at Shindand district of western Herat province.

Local security officials said, the security forces were killed following a roadside bomb explosion in Azizabad area at Shindand district.

Gen. Syed Aqa Saqib provincial security chief said, the incident took place after Afghan security forces were tracing a group of the thieves in Shindand district.

Gen. Saqib further added, at least two police forces were killed and 1 of them was injured during the incident.

He also said, at least two other Afghan police forces were injured after an Afghan police Ranger vehicle struck with a roadside bomb in Azizabad area while they were on their way to assist the local residents who had suffered from natural disasters.

According to Gen. Saqib, the roadside bombs were planted by Taliban militants.

Taliban militants fighting the Afghan government and International coalition security forces claimed responsibility behind the incident.

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Feb.02., 2012. - ISAF Joint Command Morning Operational Update

KABUL, Afghanistan (Feb. 02) – An Afghan led and coalition supported security force discovered a weapons cache during an operation in Bati Kot district, Nangarhar province, Tuesday.
The cache consisted of two anti-tank mines, heavy machine gun ammunition and multiple improvised explosive device-making components.

The cache was destroyed on site without incident.

Two suspected insurgents were detained by Afghan security forces for further questioning.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

An Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban leader during an operation in Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province, today. The leader directed roadside bomb attacks against Afghan forces throughout the district. One additional suspected insurgent was detained during the operation.

In Darah-ye district, Kunar province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force discovered a drug cache during a patrol yesterday. The cache consisted of approximately 880 pounds (400 kilograms) of hashish. Security forces destroyed all drugs on site without incident.
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