Thursday, April 12, 2012

Villagers cuts ears of mine planter in Helmand

According to local security officials in southern Helmand province, at least 2 people were killed and 6 others were injured following a roadside bomb explosion in this province.

The officials further added, the incident took place after a civilian vehicle struck a roadside bomb at Safar area in Garamser district, killing at least 2 Afghan kids and injuring 6 others.

Local security officials also said, the civilians killed and injured during the explosion were on their way to attend a religious ceremony.

In the meantime provincial governor Gulab Mangal said the insurgent who had planted mine was later detained by local residents and cut off his ears before Afghan police forces arrive to the area.

The local residents also prevented to hand over the individual to the Afghan security forces, provincial governor media said following a statement.

The source further added, local residnets told Afghan security forces that the individual will be tried and punished by them.

However provincal governor Gulal Mangal said they are trying to free the militant from the local residents and introduce him to judiciary departmen.

This comes as 2 other insurgents were stoned to death by local residents after they killed an elder Afghan man on espionage charges.

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8 policemen killed by al-Qaida in southeast Yemen

ADEN, Yemen, April 12 (Xinhua) -- The Yemen-based al-Qaida wing attacked a security checkpoint in the southeastern province of Hadramout on Thursday, killing eight policemen, the country's interior ministry said.

The al-Qaida militants attacked a security checkpoint of the 23th Mechanized Brigade, killing eight policemen and injuring six others, the ministry said in a statement posted on tis website.

Several al-Qaida fighters were killed in the attack, it said without giving the exact number of casualties.

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2 Turkish soldiers killed in clashes with PKK rebels in SE Turkey

Shows the location of the Şırnak province in T...
Shows the location of the Şırnak province in Turkey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
ANKARA, April 12 (Xinhua) -- Two soldiers of the Turkish security forces were killed and three others wounded in clashes with members of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) in Sirnak province in southeastern Turkey on Thursday, private Dogan news agency reported.

The clashes erupted Thursday morning in Yesimli village of Sirnak's Uludere town along the Turkish-Iraqi border, said the report.

The wounded were sent to Sirnak State Hospital by a helicopter for medical treatment, said the report, adding that a large-scale operation was launched to capture the PKK militants who fled the scene.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, took up arms in 1984 in a bid to create an ethnic homeland in southeastern Turkey. Since then, more than 40,000 people have been killed in conflicts involving the group.
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Eight armed insurgents killed and 19 others arrested by Afghan National Police

Eight armed insurgents killed and 19 others arrested by Afghan National Police


During the past 24 hours, Afghan National Police, Afghan National Army, NDS and Coalition Forces launched six joint clearance operations in Nangarhar, Badakhshan, Kandahar, Helmand, Zabul and Paktiya provinces.
As a result of these operations, eight armed insurgents were killed and 19 others were arrested by Afghan National Police.

Also, during these operations, Afghan National Police discovered and confiscated four AK-47 assault rifles, four rocket launchers, one PKM machine gun, 22 rocket rounds, three suicide vests, one radio handset and one pistol.

During the same 24 hour period, Afghan National Police discovered and defused four anti-vehicle mines as a result of security operations in Kunduz, Faryab, Logar, and Farah provinces.

The 101 Kabul Zone National Police detained five individuals accused of assault, murder and theft in the 13th, 6th, and 11th Districts of Kabul-City.

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MV-22 Osprey Crashes during Military Exercise

Seal of the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM)
Seal of the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Apr 11, 2012 — An MV-22 Osprey operating from the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) crashed in a Royal Moroccan military training area southwest of Agadir, Morocco, while participating in the bilateral Exercise African Lion. Four U.S. Marine Corps personnel were on the aircraft at the time of the incident. Two personnel died as a result of their injuries sustained in the crash. The two other personnel were severely injured in the crash and are being medically evacuated for further treatment.

The MV-22 Osprey was assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 261 based at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River, NC. The squadron was operating from the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) at the time of the incident.

The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) with the embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), are participating in Exercise African Lion, a bilateral exercise conducted with Royal Moroccan military forces. The annual exercise is scheduled to be conducted April 8-17, 2012, in a designated military training area southwest of Agadir, Morocco.

Exercise African Lion is a bilateral, theater security cooperation exercise led by U.S. Marine Forces Africa and is conducted annually between the U.S. military and the Kingdom of Morocco to further develop joint and combined capabilities. The exercise will focus on building capacity, capability, and interoperability in the following areas: field and aviation training, humanitarian civic assistance, amphibious landings, intelligence capacity building, and command post and peace support operations.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

For more information on the incident, please contact HQMC, Division of Public Affairs at 703-614-4309 or

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Top officials escape Kapisa bomb attack

Hesa Duwum Kohistan District (in Orange)
Kapisa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
MAHMUD RAQI (PAN): Deputy Governor, a senator and the agriculture director escaped unhurt when a roadside bomb went off and hit their vehicle in central Kapisa Province, officials said on Thursday.

The blast occurred at about 8:30am in the Shokheu area on the outskirts of Mahmud Raqi, the provincial capital.

Deputy Governor, Aziz Rahman Tawab, Mahiuddin Munsef, member of Meshrano Jirga and Syed Muskeen, the agriculture director, were on their way to Nejrab district, the governor’s spokesman said.

Qais Qaderi told Pajhwok Afghan News that the officials were travelling on a police vehicle, when they came under attack. He added no one was hurt in the blast, but the vehicle was damaged.

A security official said on condition of anonymity that senator Munsef was slightly injured in the bombing. Security personnel cordon off the area after the blast and initiated investigations.

from Pajhwok

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2 Afghan soldiers killed, 2 injured in Helmand province

According to Afghan defense officials, at least 4 Afghan National Army soldiers were killed and injured following an improvised explosive device explosion in southern Helmand province.

The officials further added, the incident took place in Greshk district of southern Helmand province killing at least 2 Afghan army soldiers and injuring 2 others.

Afghan national army soldiers also seized some weapons, ammunitions and explosives including 4 improvised explosive devices during the military operations across the country.

According to a statement released by Afghan defense ministry, Afghan army soldiers seized at least 1 AK-47 rifle from Almar district of Faryab district, 1 AK-47 rifle along with a pistol from Chaparhar district of eastern Nangarhar province, 6 improvised explosive devices from Zabul province, 2 improvised explosive devices from Zurmat district in Paktia province and 2 improvised explosive devices from Syedabad district of Maidan Wardak province.

In the meantime local security officials in eastern Ghazni province announced Afghan and coalition security forces detained 5 insurgents including a Taliban leader at Moqor district.

However Taliban militants denied the reports and said the detainees were 3 Madrasa students.

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U.S. drone kills 14 al-Qaida militants in Yemen's south

ADEN, Yemen, April 11 (Xinhua) -- A U.S. drone killed at least 14 suspected al-Qaida militants and wounded 10 others on Wednesday evening in Yemen's southern province of Abyan, a governmental official told Xinhua.

The warplane fired two missiles on an al-Qaida convoy on a desert road in the outskirts of Lauder town, about 150 km northeast of Zinjibar, the provincial capital of Abyan, killing at least 14 militants and wounding 10 others, the local government official said condition of anonymity.

There are foreign nationals among the killed, he added, without specifying their nationalities.

Fierce fighting was still going on in the outskirts of Lauder town as government forces backed by tribesmen continued an offensive against the al-Qaida fighters for the third day, a local military official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Earlier in the day, more than 56 al-Qaida militants were killed in battles with the army forces and pro-government tribesmen and 18 were captured, army officers said, adding that the number of casualties was expected to rise.

U.S. drones and Yemeni fighter planes have regularly targeted al-Qaida militants in southern Yemeni regions, which were seized by the group in May 2011, killing and injuring scores of terrorists.

Taking advantage of the one-year-long political conflicts in Yemen, the resurgent al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), locally known as Ansar al-Sharia (Partisans of Islamic Law), has taken control of several cities and swathes across the country's restive southern provinces.
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